EU funded research programs about food contact materials

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past and present project about food contact legislation

Projects performed under the 5th Framework program



Title: Modelling migration from plastics into foodstuffs as a novel and cost efficient tool for estimation of consumer exposure from food contact materials.
Objective: One important aspect within the European Union's public health care is the exposure of chef European consumer from undesirable chemicals in the diet. Food contact materials (FCM) are one potential contamination source and therefore of particular interest for food exposure assessments. On the other hand scientific investigations concerning the migration potential admiration behaviour of food packaging materials have demonstrated that diffusion in and migration from FCM are foreseeable physical and, in principle, mathematically-describable processes. The project aim therefore is to provide novel and economic tool for estimation of consumer exposure to chemicals migrating from food contact plastic materials by establishing a chemical-chemical migration model that can mathematically describe the migration processes from plastics into actual foodstuffs under any actual contact conditions.
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27-28 September 2006: the closing conference of the EU project Foodmigrosure

Specific migration


Title: Certified reference materials for specific migration testing of plastics for food packaging needed by industry and enforcement laboratories (support to the development of)
Objective: To assure consumer protection, food contact plastic materials have to be tested for specific migration of certain monomers and additives. CRMs are needed to check the performance of the migration contact and to validate substitute fat tests, rapid alternative test methods and mathematical modeling methods as additional tools for cost effective compliance testing. In this project the know how and the ability to produce CRMs for specific migration will be developed with the certification parameters: migrant concentration in the material, diffusion coefficients and specific migration. From 16 polymer/migrant combinations developed as possible future CRMs, the 6 best suitable materials are selected and the feasibility for future CRM production will be demonstrated. Materials and results will be exploited for specific migration method validation and proficiency tests.

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