Turkey: New Food Contact Regulations
Turkey 2017 UDSA Gain Report:
Section IV. Packaging and Container Regulations:
The framework Regulation Turkish Food Codex Regulation on Materials and Articles Intended to Come into Contact with Food was published on the Official Gazette no 28157 dated 12/29/2011 and it was amended twice on 08/03/2012 and 08/16/2014. This regulation applies to materials and articles, including active and smart packaging materials/food contact materials and articles, which in their finished state:
are intended to be brought into contact with food,
are already in contact with food,
can reasonably be expected to be brought into contact with food or to transfer their constituents to food under normal or foreseeable conditions of use and were intended for that purpose.
This Regulation does not apply to materials and articles which are traded in antiques, or covering or coating materials, such as the materials covering cheese rinds, prepared meat products or fruits which form part of the food and may be consumed together with this food, and fixed public or private water supply equipment.
The Regulation sets the general and specific requirements for materials and articles intended to come into contact with food and specific requirements for active and intelligent food contact materials and articles and labeling of these.
Under the framework Regulation, there are specific Communiques for materials and articles made of regenerated cellulose film, ceramic articles and plastic materials and articles which set the specific rules for these materials and articles. These regulations are available here in Turkish language.
Turkey proposed new Regulations on food contact materials and articles with an effective date of August 30, 2017. In May 2017, the World Trade Organization (WTO) circulated two notifications from Turkey: 1) Food Contact active and intelligent materials (WTO document number 17-2904) and 2) Food Codex Regulation for rules on food contact materials and articles, as will as procedures for the authorization of substances that are used in these materials and products (WTO document no. 17-2905). Many of the provisions in #2 are similar to Regulation (EC) 1935/2004.
Food Codex Communiqué for rules on food contact active and intelligent materials and articles (WTO document number 17-2904). These specific rules complement requirements for food contact active and intelligent materials in the draft Food Codex Regulation under WTO document number 17-2905
Food Codex Regulation for rules on food contact materials and articles, as well as procedures for the authorization of substances that are used in these materials and products (WTO document number 17-2905)
According to the two WTO documents, the proposed date of entry into force for each piece of draft legislation is August 30, 2017. http://www.sgs.com/en/news/2017/06/safeguards-09317-turkey-notifies-draft-regulations-on-food-contact-materials-and-articles