Picture 1. Food contact material operations and operators in the supply chain
Operators in the field of food contact materials are all those who bring final food contact materials to the market or so-called intermediate materials to be processed into the final contact material. In some cases, operators can have a double role, which means that they are both food industry operators and food contact material operators, as for example many wholesalers. The retailer, which imports food contact materials to its own store, either from the internal market or from third countries, also have the role of importer.
The following are not considered to be registrable activities in the field of contact materials:
- Produces of starting materials (chemicals) used in food contact material producing.
- Companies only involved in food contact material retail trade.
- Food contact material importers who import materials for their own use, for example a bakery that imports cake boxes to pack their own products.