Food contact material testing services

The safety and compliance of food contact materials are evaluated through a set of laboratory analyses ranging from migration tests to sensory analyses. Measurlabs offers all the required tests in one place.
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Migration testing

Overall and specific migration tests are performed to assess the quantity of potentially harmful substances that may migrate from a food contact material into food. Measurlabs offers migration testing for all food and contact material types. The testing conditions are chosen based on material characteristics and the types of food it is intended to come into contact with.

All plastic food contact materials sold in the EU must undergo overall migration testing. The extent of specific migration testing depends on the composition of the material and the risks associated with it. For example, primary aromatic amines should be screened from recycled plastics, and MOSH and MOAH from recycled paper and board. Non-intentionally added substances (NIAS) should be accounted for in addition to known components.

Sensory analysis of food contact materials

Sensory analysis

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.

Paula Hirsilä


Food contact material testing expert Paula Hirsilä is happy to help.

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: 

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