Safety assessment of the process Coca-Cola HBC Polska, based on the Vacurema Prime technology, used to recycle post-consumer PET into food contact materials

EFSA Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes and Processing Aids (CEP), Maria de Fátima Tavares Poças

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Abstract

The EFSA Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes and Processing Aids (CEP Panel) assessed the safety of the recycling process Coca-Cola HBC Polska (EU register number RECYC213), which uses the Vacurema Prime technology. The input material is hot caustic washed and dried poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) flakes originating from collected post-consumer PET containers, including no more than 5% PET from non-food applications. The flakes are heated in a batch reactor (step 2) ■■■■■ and then heated in a continuous reactor (step 3) ■■■■■ before being extruded into preforms. Having examined the challenge test provided, the Panel concluded that step 2 and step 3 are critical in determining the decontamination efficiency of the process. The operating parameters to control the performance of these steps are temperature, pressure and residence time. It was demonstrated that this recycling process is able to ensure that the level of migration of potential unknown contaminants into food is below the conservatively modelled migration of 0.1 μg/kg food. Therefore, the Panel concluded that the recycled PET obtained from this process is not of safety concern, when used at up to 100% for the manufacture of materials and articles for contact with all types of foodstuffs for long term storage at room temperature, with or without hotfill. The final articles made of this recycled PET are not intended to be used in microwave and conventional ovens and such uses are not covered by this evaluation.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere07189
JournalEFSA Journal
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Coca-Cola HBC Polska
  • Food contact materials
  • Plastic
  • Poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET)
  • Recycling process
  • Safety assessment
  • Vacurema Prime

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