Food contact material testing services
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Overall and specific migration tests are performed to measure the quantity of potentially harmful substances that may migrate from a food contact material into food. All plastic food contact materials sold in the EU must undergo overall migration testing, while the extent of specific migration testing depends on the composition of the material and the risks associated with it. Non-intentionally added substances (NIAS) need to be accounted for in addition to known starting substances and additives.
Recycled materials generally require more extensive testing than virgin ones, as they are more prone to contamination and degradation. Examples of recommended extra tests include primary aromatic amine screening from recycled plastics and MOSH and MOAH testing of recycled paper and board.
Measurlabs offers migration testing for all materials, from traditional plastics to ceramics, metals, and novel biobased materials. Our experts can also help select the testing conditions, which are chosen based on material characteristics and the types of food it is intended to come into contact with.
Overall migration testing – simulant A, B, D2 (all foodstuff)
Overall migration testing – simulant E (Tenax)
Specific migration testing – elements of Annex II in Commission Regulation (EU) No 10/2011
Specific migration testing – non-intentionally added substances (NIAS), GC-MS (Tenax)
Transfer of fluorescent whitening agents from paper or board (EN 648)
Specific migration testing – primary aromatic amines (PAA)
Overall migration testing – simulant A, B, D2 (all foodstuff), repeated use
Specific migration testing – epoxy derivatives and bisphenols A, B, F, and S
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Food contact materials should not influence the taste or smell of food in a detrimental way. This is ensured with sensory analysis, which can be performed by EN 1230 or DIN 10955 standards. The EN standard is intended for paper and board, whereas DIN 10955 is applicable to all food contact materials.
Mechanical and thermal properties
In addition to being chemically safe, food contact materials should endure typical mechanical and thermal stresses they may encounter using transport, storage, and use. Some of the most common tests specific to food contact materials include mechanical dishwashing resistance and microwave resistance testing. Tensile and compression strength, barrier properties, and other performance indicators can also be evaluated.
EU compliance testing packages
If you’re unsure where to start, our compliance testing packages for plastic food contact materials are a great option. They contain all the tests required by EU legislation and can be customized based on the properties of the assessed material. More information can be found through the links below: