The main role of food packaging materials is to protect the product packed. Tight sealing and keeping contamination out of the package are significant but the packaging material itself has to be inert to the product, for the whole shelf life period. Chemical analysis aims to analysing the inertness of various food contact materials.
Framework regulation 1935/2004/EC establishes the measures and control tests that define a package as inert to the product.
For complicated systems, like polymers and plastics, specific regulations may apply. Legislation 10/2011/EC defines a positive list of substances that are allowed to be used for the manufacturing of food contact packaging and indicates the specific migration limits of the substances.
Our fully equipped and accredited laboratory can verify and provide certification, according to the aforementioned legislation, that the packaging material is appropriate for use as a food contact material.
As a result, producer and user of packaging materials offer a safe product to the final consumer.
The test methods seen below are applied to a variety of packaging material, depending on its intended use:
- Overall migration of substances to the foodstuff in aqueous simulants A, B, C, D1, according to 10/2011/EC (Total immersion, cell, pouch)
- Overall migration of substances to the foodstuff in simulant D2, according to 10/2011/EC (Total immersion, cell, pouch)
- Overall migration of substances to the foodstuff in simulant E (Tenax), according to 10/2011/EC (Total immersion, cell, pouch)
- Specific migration of elements (Annex II, 10/2011/EC)
- Specific migration of primary aromatic amines (PAA), (Annex II, 10/2011/EC)
- Mineral oils (MOSH/MOAH) content in paper or plastic packaging
- Specific migration of mineral oils (MOSH/MOAH)
- Specific migration of bisphenol A (BPA)
- Specific migration of Non-intentionally added substances (NIAS assessment)
- Heavy metals content for compliance with regulation 62/1994/EC
- Microbiological analysis by swab technique (Total count, moulds, yeasts)
- Shelf life testing of food products