On 3 November 2015, the French Directorate General for Competition Policy, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control (DGCCRF) published a document, DM/4B/COM/0011, regarding the procedures on verifying the suitability of metals and alloys intended to come into contact with food.
This document supersedes the procedures in DGCCRF Information Notice No. 2004-64 on the verification of the suitability regarding metals and alloys, and it became effective on 1 January 2016.
The details of the procedures on verifying the suitability of metal materials for food contact are stated in each sheet of the different types of metals and alloys in Table 1.
Table 1. Types of metals and alloys
Types of metals and alloys
Aluminum and aluminum alloys coated with organic coating
Aluminum and aluminum alloys not coated
Uncoated steel for packaging / black iron
Steel for packaging with tin coating / tinned / tin iron
Steel for packaging with organic coating
Examples of the substrate includes black iron, chrome iron and tinplate
Examples of organic coating includes lacquers, polymer films and varnishes
Uncoated steel excluding packaging
Steel excluding packaging with metallic coating
Examples of metallic coatings for steel includes aluminum, aluminum-silicon, chromium, copper, gold, nickel, quasicrystals deposits, silver, tin and zinc or zinc alloy
Steel excluding packaging with organic coating
Uncoated cast iron or cast iron with metallic coating
Cast iron with organic coating
Tin and tin alloys
Zinc and zinc alloys
Other metals / white metals with metallic coating
Examples on metal substrates, copper or copper alloy, stainless steel, tin or tin alloys and zinc or zinc alloy
Examples on metallic coating, chromium, copper, gold, nickel, silver and tin