A unit of the European Food Safety Authority has approved a process in which recycled plastic is used in materials that come in contact with food.

The Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, The Netherlands, requested that a recycling process used by CHEP UK Ltd. be evaluated, according to a document from the authority.

The process, called PP crates CHEP, recycles damaged food-contact polypropylene crates from a closed, controlled product loop. Precleaned crates are ground into flakes, washed and dried. The flakes might then be used exclusively or blended with virgin polypropylene to manufacture recycled crates intended for long-term storage of fruits and vegetables at room temperature or below, according to the document.

The panel found the process poses no safety concern for the consumer but recommended it be verified periodically.