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  • Be Alert of FCM containing Bamboo fibre to EU market(RASFF)-May 2021
  • In May 2021, the RASFF of EU have notified 16 cases of FCM products, 10 cases (63.5%) of which were bamboo- melamine plastic products. The details are as below:

    No.

    Date

    Notified by

    Origin

    Subject

    Notification type

    Action taken

    1

    06/05/2021

    Spain

    China

    Unauthorised use of bamboo in tableware

    border rejection

    Re-dispatch

    2

    07/05/2021

    Ireland

    China

    Food Contact Materials Made From Bamboo and Resin Polymer

    border rejection

    destruction

    3

    12/05/2021

    Slovenia

    China

    High content of volatile constituents (0,92%) in silicone baking mold

    information for attention

    Withdrawal

    4

    12/05/2021

    Luxembourg

    UK

    Suspicious bamboo cup-to-go sold on Amazon.fr

    information for attention

    no action taken

    5

    12/05/2021

    Luxembourg

    Spain

    Suspicious carafe made of 100% bamboo fibers sold on Amazon.fr

    information for attention

    Informing authorities

    6

    14/05/2021

    Belgium

    France

    Melamine products with bamboo fibers sold on Amazon.fr

    information for attention

    Informing authorities

    7

    14/05/2021

    Belgium

    Germany

    Melamine products with bamboo fibers sold by e-platform Amazon

    information for attention

    Informing authorities

    8

    18/05/2021

    Belgium

    China

    Melamine food bowls containing wood fiber originating

    border rejection

    Return to consignor

    9

    18/05/2021

    Spain

    China

    Unauthorised use of bamboo in melamine and bamboo fibre children’s tableware

    border rejection

    Re-dispatch

    10

    18/05/2021

    Spain

    China

    Unauthorised use of bamboo in cups made from a mix of bamboo fibres, melamine and maize starch

    border rejection

    Re-dispatch

    11

    21/05/2021

    Spain

    China

    Risk of burns due to breakage of plastic children’s tableware

    alert

    Destruction

    12

    26/05/2021

    Spain

    China

    Unauthorised use of bamboo in Tableware made from a mix of bamboo fibres and melamine

    border rejection

    Official detention

    13

    26/05/2021

    Belgium

    China

    Migration of melamine from plastic plates

    alert

    Recall and Public warning

    14

    28/05/2021

    Italy

    Malaysia

    Overall migration from power free latex glove

    border rejection

    Re-dispatch

    15

    28/05/2021

    Poland

    China

    Migration of formaldehyde  from melamine snack bowl

    border rejection

    Official detention

    16

    28/05/2021

    German

    China

    Migration of primary aromatic amine from kitchen tool set

    alert

    Withdrawal from recipient


    In a joint letter published February 15, 2021, Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands together demand the withdrawal of bamboo-melamine plastic products from the EU market, because bamboo e.g. ground bamboo and bamboo flour are not currently authorised for use with plastic food contact materials under Regulation (EU) No. 10/2011.

    Besides Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands, Finland and Ireland also announced to not allow to sale or import plastic FCM containing unauthorised vegetable fibres such as bamboo flour or rice flour.

    At present, the number of reported cases of bamboo fiber products is increasing, and the control of such materials in some EU countries is becoming more and more strict. Please be alert of the new policy!


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