Safety assessment of the active substance selenium nanoparticles, for use in active food contact materials

Flavourings and Processing Aids (CEF) EFSA Panel on Food Contact Materials Enzymes, Vittorio Silano, Claudia Bolognesi, Kevin Chipman, Jean-Pierre Cravedi, Karl-Heinz Engel, Paul Fowler, Roland Franz, Konrad Grob, Rainer Gürtler, Trine Husøy, Sirpa Kärenlampi, Wim Mennes, Maria Rosaria Milana, Karla Pfaff, Gilles Riviere, Jannavi Srinivasan, Maria de Fátima Tavares Poças, Christina Tlustos, Detlef WölfleHolger Zorn, Martine Kolf-Clauw, Eugenia Lampi, Kettil Svensson, Alexandros Lioupis, Laurence Castle

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This scientific opinion of the EFSA Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids (CEF) deals with the safety assessment of selenium nanoparticles, FCM substance No 1070, which is intended to be used as an antioxidant. Selenium nanoparticles are incorporated into the adhesive middle layer of multilayer laminates with an outside polyethylene terephthalate (PET) layer and an inner polyolefin (food contact) layer. The final materials are intended to be used for contact with all food types that are susceptible to oxidation. The specific migration of total selenium was tested using multilayer pouches containing selenium nanoparticles at 0.002 mg/dm2 and filled with 3% acetic acid and 20%, 50% or 95% ethanol for 10 days at 60°C. In all tests, migration of selenium was not detectable. Taking into account current knowledge on the diffusional properties of nanoparticles in polymers, the CEF Panel concluded that there is no safety concern for the consumer if selenium nanoparticles are used in multilayer films and separated from the food by a polyolefin food contact layer for any type of food and under any food contact conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationEFSA Journal
PublisherEuropean Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2018


  • selenium nanoparticles
  • active and intelligent materials
  • multilayer
  • antioxidant


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