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Migration studies Food contact elastomeric materials - FS2219
It is anticipated that the EC will consider legislation on
food contact elastomeric materials following completion of
legislation relating to plastic materials and polymeric
coatings. The use of elastomers in food contact situations
tends to be in situations of short term contact. Potential
migration of a wide variety of constituents such as monomers
vulcanising agents, plasticisers, oil, waxes antidegradanrs
etc. can occur. THe research studies proposed through
industrial collaboration and development of appropriate
representative testing protocols will advise MAFF on
possible risks to the consumer from food contact materials.
Development of new techniques or approaches to detect low
level migration of the wide variety of possible migrating
species and evaluation of existing and new food simulants
particularly for fatty foods will be an important part of
1. To provide detailed information on the use and potential
type and level of migrating species from elastomeric
materials employed in the various sectors of the food
2. To consider and evaluate appropriate test simulants.
3. To develop procedures to detect a range of potential
migrant types in simulants and food products.
4. To provide quantitative data on migration into foodstuffs
in a number of selected high risk areas.
5. To provide comparative data using simulants.
6. To set up and manage an industrial multi-client group
project to obtain additional data and to act as a forum for
discussion on the UK viewpoint in relation to potential EC
Time-Scale and Cost
Contractor / Funded Organisations
RAPRA Technology Limited