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Packaging and contact materials

An operator that produces materials coming to contact with foodstuffs for the market must submit a notification about the place of operation and the operations therein to the environmental health services.

 Contact materials refer to materials and supplies that are used or can be assumed to be used in contact with foodstuffs. These include various food packages, containers, disposable gloves, tools and equipment. Materials and supplies used in manufacturing these materials are also classified as contact materials.

The materials must be safe. They must not contaminate foodstuffs with substances that are harmful to humans or detrimental to the quality of the foodstuff. The materials must be certified by the manufacturer to be safe and suitable for food use.

Manufacturers of materials and supplies that are used in manufacturing contact materials and supplies, manufacturers of actual contact materials as well as operators engaging in wholesale and import and/or export are obligated to submit a notification. The notification is submitted to the supervisory authority of the municipality of the place of operation.

Contact information

  • Environmental health on-call number, on weekdays from 9.00 am to 11.30 am, tel. +358 (0)3 733 4577,

Personnel e-mail addresses are in the format of

  • Health Inspector Anne Räsänen, tel. +358 (0)50 559 4082