Scientific opinion supports rPP closed-loop use for food contact

EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) says that there is no safety concern for the consumer if the recycling process “PP crates CHEP” is run in a cosed and controlled loop, as described by CHEP UK Ltd. The scientific opinion is based on a risk assessment requested by the dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, and conducted by the EFSA CEF Panel (Panel on food contact materials, enzymes, flavourings and processing aids).
In the recycling process "PP crates CHEP", pre-cleaned damaged crates are ground into flakes, washed and dried. The flakes may be blended with virgin polypropylene or used up to 100% to manufacture rPP (recycled polypropylene) crates intended to be used for long term storage of whole fruits and vegetables and of pre-packed meat at room temperature or below. The recycling process should be verified periodically, as part of the good manufacturing practice (GMP) and accordingly to the EU regulations on food contact materials. Specifications for input (crates used within a product loop which is in a closed and controlled chain) as well as the cleaning of the crates during their service life should be kept under control to ensure that the process is run under the evaluated conditions.