MOCA - Materials and objects in contact with food

MOCA - Materials and objects intended for contact with food

ANIMA Federation proposes ua solution dedicated to the Food & Beverage sector for a new approach to consumer safety and health in the field of materials in contact with food (MOCA). In order to meet the new requirements dictated by regulations and new ministerial decrees, Anima has synergistically combined three specialized subjects: TIFQ, which will act as a support component to companies to guide them in the identification and adoption of processes and methodologies necessary to meet the legislative and certification requirements; ICIM, an entity accredited by Accredia, will be an independent third party in charge of certifications to provide companies with objective qualitative guarantees that can be spent on the various reference markets; TIFQ-LAB Accredia accredited laboratory, qualified to perform technical tests both as support activities for companies with TiFQ and for ICIM certifications.

Companies today can take advantage of the synergy between ICIM, TiFQ and TIFQ-Lab to be able to differentiate in the reference markets and offer the best guarantees required to protect the final consumer.

For more information contact the Assofoodtec Secretariat


MOCA - Materials and objects intended for contact with food

The MOCA "materials and objects in contact with food" are those materials and objects destined to come into contact with food, governed by national and European provisions.

The Community reference framework is Regulation (EC) n. 1935 / 2004 (framework standard) which establishes the general requirements that all the materials and objects in question must meet, while specific measures contain detailed provisions for the individual materials (plastic materials, ceramics, etc.). Where specific EU laws do not exist, Member States can establish national measures.

In particular, the regulation establishes that all materials and objects must be produced in accordance with good manufacturing practices and, under normal or foreseeable conditions of use, they must not transfer to food components in quantities such as to:

- constitute a danger to human health

- lead to an unacceptable change in the composition of food products

- lead to a deterioration of the organoleptic characteristics.

General legislation:

- Regulation (EC) 1935 / 2004 MOCA

- Regulation (EC) 2023 / 2006 Good manufacturing practices (GMP)

EU legislation on specific materials and substances:

- Regulation (EU) n. 10 / 2011 Plastics

- Regulation (EC) n. 282 / 2008 Regenerated plastic

- Regulation (EC) n. 450 / 2009 Active and intelligent materials intended to come into contact with food

Specific provisions implemented by national decrees relate to: regenerated cellulose, ceramics, rubbers, paper and cardboard, glass, stainless steel, chrome band, tinplate, aluminum.

Legislative Decree 10 February 2017, n. 29: administrative sanctions for the violation of the laws that establish the characteristics of the materials intended for contact with food used for the manufacture of machinery and components