Testing materials, packaging and products for the release of substances into food is a particularly important aspect when it comes to the final quality and safety of finished products.
“Pursuant to Art. 3 sec. 1 lit. (b) of Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004, the release of substances from materials and articles intended to come into contact with food should not cause unacceptable changes in the composition of the food.
Currently, about 98% of food products require packaging, so packaging manufacturers and most food manufacturers must have test results showing the compliance of materials and articles intended to come into contact with food with current legal regulations.
The FoodSector laboratory will perform tests of packaging: glass, plastic, cans, lids and various types of closures, in the scope of:
- physico-chemical and mechanical tests,
- gas composition in packaging (MAP / CAP),
- microbiological tests:
- the total number of mesophilic aerobic microorganisms,
- yeast and mold,
- coliforms and Escherichia coli,
- tests of migration from packaging to food:
- global migration study (determination of the total mass of all non-volatile substances released from the package, under specified test conditions, to food simulant),
- specific migration test (determines the amount of a given substance that has been released from a material or article, under specific test conditions, for food or food simulant),
- quality assessment using the senses (demonstrating the presence of foreign taste and smell in food).