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Condiments must be offered in sachets

April 10th, 1993

Myth: Due to EC law food outlets will have to offer condiments in sachets rather than in bottles or squeezy tubes.Response: This is not true. The relevant EC rules concerning materials and articles intended to come into contact with foodstuffs are set out in Directive 89/109/EEC (OJ L40 11.2.1989).

The “principle of inert materials” provides the groundrules in this field. When food is packaged minute amounts “migrate” from the material the food is packaged in to the actual food itself. This has to be kept at certain levels. In fact any material can be used so long as it is “inert” and is appropriate for labelling. In this context there is no truth in the rumour that bottles and squeezy tubes are about to be banned, nor that food outlets will have to offer condiments in sachets.

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