Press release  /  February 2021

Bamboo melamine – plastic food contact materials containing bamboo-based additives

In October 2020, based on the new assessment from The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration announced that bamboo as an additive in plastic food contact materials is not legal. EFSA has stated that bamboo does not fall under the entry "Wood" on the EU positive list of authorised ingredients in plastics. This assessment means that bamboo has never been legal to use as an additive in plastic within EU. Concern has been raised about the migration of problematic chemicals (formaldehyde and melamine) in plastic food contact materials containing bamboo-based additives.