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Food Contact Compliance

CSI, involved in plastic materials research and applications since ‘60s, has become a national reference about Materials and Articles in Contact with Foodstuffs. The know-how built up through the years has been made available to the food chain in order to reach the compliance to international standards or guidelines according to the main Regulation 1935/2004 and 2023/2006 and their legislative appendices.

Furthermore CSI has become a qualified reference body in the certification of packaging of any composition and materials:

  • Materials regulated by the national DM 21/03/73 and following updates as paper, steel, aluminum, rubber, silicone, glass, chrome strip, tinplate;
  • Materials regulated at EU level as plastics according to Regulation 10/2011, regenerated cellulose according to Directive 2007/42/EC and ceramic according to Directive 2005/31/EC;
  • Materials not specifically regulated as textile and wood or innovative materials.

European and international laws can be applied in order to support the goods export.

Among the main ones:

  • LFGB (German Food and Feed Code) e BfR (Federal Institute for Risk Assessment) for Germany market;
  • Food Drug Administration FDA CFR Title 21 for US market;
  • Proposition 65 for California;
  • Code of China;
  • Japan Law (laboratory IT10464 approved by the Japanese Ministry).

All tests are performed in compliance with the main technical standards as UNI, ISO, DIN, GB, ASTM, BS.

The CSI certification procedure for Food Contact Compliance includes:

• Evaluation of the supporting documentation and composition compliance to positive lists (monomers and additives) of national and international laws;

• Drafting of analytical plans: overall migration and specific migrations into various simulants, additives determination, metals release, colourants migration, NIAS  (not intentionally added substances), residual solvent and set-off;

• Sensory evaluation according to Robinson’s test or the classical traditional olfactory and taste organoleptic tests as defined in UNI 10192 and DIN 10955;

• Support to the drafting of the Declaration of Compliance for food contact.

In order to satisfy the legislation requirements concerning the presence of not intentionally added substances into packaging for food contact, the Division has developed a set of analytical methods able to detect many chemical species that may be present due to molecular degeneration, cross-contamination or other unidentified causes. The risk assessment allows to qualify and, if so, to quantify these substances, always considering the material or article application field, also in a perspective of Good Manufacturing Practices management.

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