The POLYMEX laboratory offers its agri-food customers (manufacturers or processors of plastic packaging and cookware, manufacturers or processors of industrial equipment for foodstuffs, etc.) tests that meet the regulations (EU) n° 10/2011 .
These tests are part of the evaluation of the compatibility of plastic materials and objects intended to come into contact with foodstuffs.
Do you put plastics and food in contact?
You are responsible for ensuring the safety and inertness of the materials used.
Indeed, the compatibility between materials and objects coming into contact with foodstuffs constitutes a primary concern.
Different standards allow these checks to be carried out:
- Global migration (NF EN 1186) : Mass of all that migrates, without distinction as to their nature, results expressed in mg/kg of foodstuff or in mg/cm² of material.
- Specific migration (NF EN 1388-2) : Monitoring of specific migration (certain targeted substances only), results expressed in mg of target molecule/kg of foodstuff or in mg of target molecule/cm² of material.
Performing analyzes according to these 2 standards allows verification of compliance with Regulation (EU) n°10/2011: (ex regulation 2007/19/EC) in force for materials and articles in contact with foodstuffs . Thus, simulations of contact with specific fluids (simulants) are carried out to allow conditioning between container and content in order to assess their chemical compatibility.
Support of the following analytical techniques: GCMS , UPLC/TOF-MS ; UPLC/MS/MS or Py/GCMS allow research, identification and quantification of organic pollution (solvent, polymer residues, etc.),
The support of basic techniques such as ICP-OES, ICP-MS or even MEB/EDX make it possible to highlight mineral or metallic pollution (heavy metals ...).