food safety

Food safety advice and compliance testing

Where your packaging is used to contain food, we will help you navigate the challenges of legal compliance.
We work with our accredited laboratory partners to undertake the following:

  • Overall migration testing

    To measure the sum of all substances that could potentially migrate from the packaging materials into food, and check migration limits are not exceeded.

  • Specific migration testing

    To measure the quantity of a specific substance that could migrate from the packaging materials into food, and to check the quantity against approved food contact substances lists.

  • Organoleptic testing

    To analyse the properties and quality of packaging products and materials and assess their sensory and visual impact.

  • NIAS (non-intentionally added substances) testing

    For impurities of raw materials, reaction products, or degradation or breakdown products that may originate from the manufacture of plastic food contact materials, helping you mitigate any potential risks.

  • Toxicology evaluation and assessment

    A toxicology evaluation and assessment will need to be performed if NIAS screening detects chemical compounds that do not have clearly defined limits in legal acts. Its aim is to identify the adverse toxicological effects that a substance could cause and the critical dose or exposure level of a substance in the daily diet. The safety level of these substances is assessed in accordance with internationally recognised scientific principles on risk assessment.

  • Microbiological examination of packaging material

    The target microorganism to be examined will depend on the product and process. The frequency of testing is agreed individually but not less than once a year. The test is suitable for sauces and dressings and identifies the total viable count (TVC) of microorganisms such as yeasts, moulds, lactobacilli, and staphylococcus aureus.

    We will recommend solutions to ensure your packaging of choice is compliant with legislation relating to materials and articles intended to come into contact with food, according to the European Commission Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 and its equivalents in non-EU countries.

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