2019/09/06

Migration and plastics: false facts about the replacement of specific migration with overall migration

Categories: Analysis and Testing, Food sector

There is one point companies are not frequently quite sure about: whether they need or not to perform specific migration tests in plastic materials intended to come into contact with food and the possibility of screening these tests through overall migration.

Firstly, it should be noted that provided that when plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food contain substances with restrictions listed in REGULATION (EU) No 10/2011 on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food, it is necessary to verify that these materials comply with the specific migration limits for these substances. For that purpose, it will be necessary to perform specific migration tests and only in some cases, it will be correct to screen these tests with an overall migration test.

Among the different techniques to screen the specific migration tests described in REGULATION (EU) No 10/2011 there is ‘the replacement of specific migration with overall migration’ (Annex V, Section 2.2). In this sense, it is necessary to consider different aspects to perform the tests complying with regulation.

Aspects to be considered

Raquel Requena Peris | Food Contact and Packaging department

Tags: institute of plastic technology

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