Ensuring high-quality product safety and sustainability

Metsä Tissue’s hygiene and product safety management covers all the subsidiaries, and the entire supply chain, from product development to production and distribution. Our tissue paper and greaseproof paper products are biodegradable and easy to dispose of. They can be composted, recycled or burned for energy after usage. 
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    Product safety in manufacturing

    All Metsä Tissue’s products are manufactured according to Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP). Paper is typically made in highly automated and closed mechanical process.

    We have implemented extensions to our basic quality management system, such as instructions for workers on personal hygiene, prohibiting eating and smoking on production areas, pest control and product safety training for personnel, to name a few. In addition to the approval of safe raw materials, the finished tissue paper products are tested to ensure their safety. 

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    Verified safety and sustainability of products

    OK Compost Home and OK Compost Industrial certificates were granted for greaseproof papers in 2020.

    All greaseproof products excluding wet strengthened grades are recyclable according to the standard UNI 11743:2019. The products achieved Level B, when assessed in accordance with the ‘Aticelca Evaluation Method 501:2019’. There are four levels of recyclability (level A+, A, B, C). A sample of tissue product passes all testing according to EN 13432. Regarding household papers, it is foreseen that they will come into short-term contact with food when used for wiping in the kitchen. Our products are safe for such use.

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    We fulfill product safety recommendations and requirements, and follow changes in legislation

    We adhere to the recommendations of the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) for the selection of raw materials for tissue products that come into contact with food and for product testing. In Metsä Group and in all business areas we follow development in regulations, and ensure that new regulations will be implemented in production.

    In addition, we test our products according to BfR Guidelines for evaluating sanitary papers. Therefore we fulfil the requirements set for sanitary papers and the EU requirement that papers which come into contact with food shall not release any substances that are harmful to human health, or that alter the sensory characteristics of foodstuffs. As a summary, the measures we take to ensure this involve evaluation of raw materials from suppliers, process hygiene, and regular product testing. The procedure with greaseproof papers is the same, but the compliance work cover global requirements for food contact paper.

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    Product packaging and labeling

    The packaging of tissue papers and greaseproof papers ensures the safety and hygiene of our products by protecting them during the transport and delivery.

    All our packaging, both plastic packaging and roll cores, are fully recyclable, and they do not transfer harmful substances to the product or the environment. We buy packaging material from responsible suppliers with strict criteria. All our mills that manufacture food contact materials are certified with either an ISO 22000, BRC or IFS food safety management system, or have similar system in place. 

    Our products carry numerous labels, which make it easier for consumers to choose safe and sustainable products; e.g. ecolabels such as Nordic ecolabel and EU ecolabel,  asthma and allergy labels and labels for suitability for food contact, e.g. 'glass and fork'.