EU/UK Materials and articles in contact with food/Food contact materials (MACF/FCM)(Commission regulations 10/2011EU and 1935/2004EC as amended) 

Food safe products and contact materials 

Food safe plastic products such as kitchen utensils, sports bottles etc that come into contact with food must not transfer materials into the food that affect its taste or quality. 
 
To make sure this doesn't happen, the products must be rigorously tested. During testing, the product is exposed to a range of food simulants at high temperatures and over long periods of time 
 
In EU, materials and articles in contact with food regulations are governed by the framework regulation EC1935/2004 as amended, refers to specific regulations and products such as textiles, wood etc currently without harmonised standards or regulations. 

Specific Regulations 

Currently, sector specific regulations exist for: 
 
Plastics, EU10/2011 
Ceramics, EC85/500 
Regenerated Cellulose, 2007/42EC 

Capabilities 

Northern Testhouse (Leicester) Ltd performs comprehensive testing to meet the requirements of commission regulations 10/2011EU as amended covering: 
 
Overall migration 
Specific metal release 
Specific monomer release 
Heavy metal release 
Sensory testing 
Colourfastness 
Formaldehyde 

Food Safe Plastic 

Food safe plastic products intended to come into contact with food, must not transfer materials into the foodstuffs that can alter its quality and taste 
 
To make sure that this does not happen, products must be rigorously tested. During testing, product is exposed to a range of simulants at high temperatures over long periods of time assessed against plastics regulations 10/2011EU as amended for compliance with overall migration, specific metal release and monomers as appropriate. 

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