Smithers performs food contact migration testing and ink migration testing on a wide range of plastic and rubber materials which are intended for food contact use – from food packaging to manufacturing equipment.
The first is for the simulant required for the test project. Simulants are food substitutes which reflect the properties of the food stuffs which will come into contact with the product or component.
There are six different simulant types specified for use in overall migration testing:
Simulants A, B and C are assigned for foods that have hydrophilic properties, covering aqueous, acidic and alcoholic foods. Simulants D1 and D2 are for foods that have lipophilic properties, and covers both dairy and non-dairy fatty foods. Simulant E is assigned for testing specific migration into dry foods.
Once the appropriate simulant has been selected, the testing conditions (temperature and exposure period) needs to be decided upon; there are seven overall migration limit testing conditions specified
The Food Contact testing team at Smithers provides migration testing to meet the necessary regulatory requirements.