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Posted 21 March 2016 - 03:27 PM

Hi I wonder if anyone can help me.

 

Our maintenance department have purchased some nylon cutting table tops from a local supplier. I am not confident that they are suitable for cutting food on. The only information I can get from my technical support is do they conform to Regulations (EC) 1935/2004?

 

Can anyone explain to me in quite simple terms what I need to be looking for, is it as simple as looking for a standard stamp??

 

Thanks in advance.

 

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Posted 21 March 2016 - 04:13 PM

Hi I wonder if anyone can help me.

 

Our maintenance department have purchased some nylon cutting table tops from a local supplier. I am not confident that they are suitable for cutting food on. The only information I can get from my technical support is do they conform to Regulations (EC) 1935/2004?

 

Can anyone explain to me in quite simple terms what I need to be looking for, is it as simple as looking for a standard stamp??

 

Thanks in advance.

 

Kevin

 

Hi Kevin,

 

May i ask what product is to be cut on them ? Fish ?


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Posted 21 March 2016 - 04:17 PM

Hi Charles,

 

We cut meat mainly Poultry and Porcine products...

 

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Posted 21 March 2016 - 04:54 PM

Hi Kevin,

 

This is a rather congested/contested product market. I forgot to ask what you are going to replace it for  - Wood ?

 

From a documented FS POV, one unchallengeable criterion is that the board should be Food Grade, eg -

 

http://www.eplastics...e-cutting-board

 

http://www.directpla...o.uk/hdpe-sheet

 

From googling i get the impression that "Nylon" sometimes = HDPE

 

My experience is only with HDPE/Seafood where the board sanitary quality versus wood is still debated. In fact one can get food grade wooden boards -

 

http://www.nisbets.c...c03c01c04.r12.1

 

You may need a litttle more product info. to make any meaningful judgement.

 

PS - i am assuming that (labelled) Food Grade items do exist in UK ?


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Posted 21 March 2016 - 05:53 PM

I think Charles is correct, most chopping boards that I have come across are Polyethylene based. Many also no incorporate a range of anti-bacterial additives.

 

EC1935/2004 is the 'framework' food contact legislation. As they are plastic, they should comply with the more specific EU10/2011.If your local supplier is selling them as cutting boards for food, he is responsible for ensuring that they meet the requirements and he should also provide you with a Declaration of Compliance to EU10/2011. This may mean that he (or his supplier) has to undertake migration testing. The Declaration has a legally defined format and is not a simple one-liner. It is laid out in Annex iv of 10/2011.

 

They should also be made under GMP principles defined by EU2023/2006.

 

In terms of how you can check, it is not easy without this Declaration. It is possible that they have been stamped with the 'glass and fork' symbol but I have never seen this. It is fairly common for the statement to be made on accompanying paperwork or packaging but this has a habit of being lost over time.

 

My advice would be to ask them to provide a Declaration if they haven't done so. These boards are not cheap and I think it is not unreasonable to expect the supplier to provide what he is legally obliged to do.

 

Auditors frequently ask for this evidence.

 

Good Luck

 

 



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