To be intended for contact with foodstuffs, the materials used to contain, transport and serve food must meet specific requirements concerning the chemical composition and physical characteristics in relation to resistance to the different conditions to which they are subjected, so that there is the absolute certainty that they do not release harmful substances to the food or which damage somehow the initial characteristics.
TIFQLab supports companies in the sector at the request of the certification through compliance testing of composition of materials in contact with food, the overall and specific migration of monomers, additives, metals, dyes according to the different laws and outside Europe and sensory evaluations.
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The evaluation of the release of substances from plastics to food is regulated specifically by the EU Regulation no . 10/2011 : European regulations for plastics to be destined for contact with food
The aluminum or alloys for the production of materials and objects in contact with food must meet the requirements of purity and the compositional characteristics of the DM 76 of 18 April 2007 .
Paper and cardboard
Determination of lead migration from packaging of paper and cardboard
For ceramic objects are objects manufactured from a mixture of inorganic materials with a generally high proportion of argillaceous or silicate which may have been added small quantities of organic substances. These articles are first shaped and the shape thus obtained is permanently fixed by firing . They may be glazed , enamelled and / or decorated .
The evaluation of the release of substances from plastics to food is regulated specifically by DM 21/03/73 and subsequent amendments .
To date, the legislation is not harmonized , because according to MD 21/03/73 and subsequent amendments to these materials apply the same requirements as plastics , while at Community level they will not enjoy a special regulation.
Metals and alloys
At Community level, none of metallic materials is regulated in a specific manner. They must , however, comply with certain compositional characteristics .
Under the law, the cork in the materials intended to come into contact with foodstuffs , which are not specifically regulated by any legislation , however, apply to them the general requirements established by EC Regulation 1935/2004.
The glass objects intended for contact with food must meet the general requirements of the EU Regulation 1935/2004 and national legislation DPR 777 of 23.08.1982 and subsequent amendments and regulations specific to the DM 21/03/73 and subsequent amendments . These materials do not have a harmonized legislation. The glass objects intended to come into contact with food must be prepared exclusively certain categories of glass.