EU legislation on Food Contacts with specific materials
Active and Intelligent Materials
Active and intelligent materials extend the shelf-life by maintaining or improving the condition of packaged food, by releasing or absorbing substances to or from the food or its surrounding environment.
As a result they are exempted from the general inertness rule in Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004. The specific rules in Commission Regulation (EC) No 450/2009 apply to address their specific purpose, e.g.:
Active materials do not include systems that absorb substances entering from the atmosphere, such as active oxygen barriers.
Commission Regulation (EC) No 450/2009 foresees the establishment of a Union list of substances permitted for the manufacture of active and intelligent materials.