What is Food Contact Material?
Access to safe and nutritious food has always been of paramount importance to consumers around the world. However, changes in the practice of food preparation and consumption indicate that food packaging and food contact materials also contribute to providing safe and nutritious food to consumers. As a result, food packaging and food contact materials are subject to regulations in most major markets.
These regulations ensure that packaging and food contact materials that come in direct contact with food are not a source of harmful contaminants and that they provide adequate protection against microorganisms, pests and other forms of contamination. Food contact testing is vital to ensure that changes in the food preparation and consumption process don’t negatively affect consumers.
Food Contact Materials Regulatory Standards
Materials that come into contact with food like manufacturers’ packaging, crockery and cutlery, glassware, ceramics and storage containers need to be tested before they come in contact with food. Food contact testing ensures that they are not harmful and do not transfer their constituents to the food in excessive quantities. Food contact materials testing works in different ways for different countries, for example
In the United States of America:
- US legislation for food contact materials is governed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
- Ceramic and glass materials in California are impacted by California Proposition 65
In the EU, for:
- All materials – Framework Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004
- Ceramics – Directive 84/500/EEC as amended by Directive 2005/31/EC
- Regenerated cellulose film – Directive 2007/42/EC
- Plastics – Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 and No 64/2011 on plastic materials and articles bound to come into contact with food
- Nitrosamines – Directive 93/11/EEC
- BADGE, BFDGE & NOGE plastics – Commission Regulation (EC) 1895/2005
In Japan, materials must meet the Food Sanitation Law part II
MIGRATION TESTING IN FOOD CONTACT MATERIALS
The toxicological risk assessment of FCM’s was used to establish the standards of migration testing for food contact materials. Migration testing on food contact materials checks the limits that are included in various Food Contact Regulations. They control the exposure to these substances to safeguard human health. The shifting of chemical substances from FCMs into food is known as migration; its effects need to be regulated to ensure the safe consumption of substances. Various food contact legislative bodies exist around the world, and they lay out the requirements for testing the migration of substances.
Benefits of Food Contact Materials testing & Certification:
Food Contact Materials Certification allows you to:
- Mitigate risk - by minimizing quality and safety issue with independent testing.
- Save time and money - TÜV SÜD is a one-stop solutions provider that can serve your company’s need.
- Shorten time to market - with the help of our sophisticated infrastructure and advance knowledge of regulations.
- Enhanced quality and productivity - TÜV SÜD works with you along the entire product development lifecycle to ensure compliance to national and international food contact materials testing standards.
- Inspire confidence - by ensuring your products and processes comply with national and international standards, you inspire greater confidence in your buyer.
how can we help you?
TÜV SÜD offers extensive testing and certification for a range of food contact materials including:
- Cutlery and dishes
- Materials and articles in contact with water for human consumption
- Packaging materials
- Processing machines
why choose TÜV SÜD?
TÜV SÜD performs a complete range of food-grade tests and identification tests on most types of food contact materials. We can also conduct:
- Compositional analyses
- Microbiological tests
- Toxicology assessments
- Ingredient reviews
- Packaging adhesive tests
- Raw material tests
- Environmental impact tests
- Transportation simulation
- Migration testing
In addition to our food contact materials testing services, TÜV SÜD can certify food contact materials to industry standards approved by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), such as those of the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and FSSC 22000. We can also provide mandatory and voluntary inspection and auditing services to assure compliance with applicable regulations or procurement requirements for the food contact materials certification.