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Food Contact Testing and Certification

Food Contact Testing and Certification

Ensure Safety with Food Contact Testing and Certification

Eating and drinking are vital parts of our daily life. Today, consumers are increasingly concerned about the safety of products that come into contact with the food they eat, the so-called food-grade products or food contact material.

Regulatory requirements for materials coming into contact with food are constantly updated and demand the highest levels of food safety and inspection services. Both authorities and consumers are paying more attention to the testing of these products. With TÜV Rheinland food-grade certification, your products are held to and proven to meet high safety standards.

Benefit from our tailor-made food contact testing programs certifying your food-grade products as safe. Certification of materials coming into contact with food is based on various rules and regulations, as the German Lebensmittel- und Futtermittelgesetzbuch, (LFBG), French, Italian and other European food contact testing regulations or the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) food contact testing standard.

At TÜV Rheinland, we are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for a full range of food contact testing services in compliance with the above requirements and offer also services for Fitness For Use (FFU) testing according to labeling claims.

Benefits of Food Contact Testing and Certification at a Glance

Food Contact Testing and Certification

With an internationally recognized certification from TÜV Rheinland demonstrating food-grade compliance of your food contact materials, you:

  • Ensure food contact compliance with statutory and voluntary requirements.
  • Provide consumers with safe and tested products.
  • Boost confidence in the quality and safety of your products.
  • Gain a lead against the competition with a neutral audit seal.

The Full Range of Food Contact Testing Services

All food contact materials propose the risk of chemical substances migrating into the food and, in large quantities, affecting food quality. Food contact testing services protect consumer health and guarantee safety.

As an accredited testing laboratory, we offer the following services in combination with food-grade testing and certification:

  • Design tailor-made testing programs for international buyers.
  • Provide strong technical support for customer enquiries.
  • Extensive scope of food contact testing for all materials.
  • Technical advice on failed test results whenever possible.
  • Seminars and training.
  • Regular news updates on product regulations.
  • Quality proof marks and certification.

Covering all Requirements for Certification of Food Contact Materials

Our well-established food-grade testing services can provide you with:

  • Overall migration, and specific migration of monomers, additives and heavy metals in plastic materials
  • Volatile organic compounds in food contact materials
  • Extractable and leachable heavy metals testing
  • Composition check of metal material
  • Regulatory research and technical assessment services
  • Compliance testing according to several national standards from France, Italy, Netherlands etc.

US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) governs the US law for food contact materials. Our food contact tests cover all materials that come into contact with food. To ensure your products compliant with US FDA regulations for food contact materials, you can rely on our expertise in product testing and comprehensive knowledge of regulations.

European Food Contact Testing

As a national law in Germany the LFBG (Lebensmittel- und Futtermittelgesetzbuch) is setting down requirements that control commodities coming into contact with food. The complete European sector is committed to the framework regulation (EC) No 1935/2004 when dealing with food contact materials and products.

Food Contact Testing for all Types of Food-Grade Products

Our food contact testing and certification services cover the following product groups and products:

  • Plastic materials: storage boxes, kitchen helpers, plates, cups
  • Ceramic materials: plates, cups, chinaware
  • Wooden materials: cutting boards, cutlery, bowls
  • Metal materials: cutlery, kitchen helpers, serving plates, tin boxes
  • Electrical appliances: juicers, blenders, coffee makers, toasters, ovens, microwaves

Chemical Examinations of Food Contact Products

We offer analyses for additives and contents of substances frequently used in food contact materials. Migration or volatile organic compounds in silicone for food-grade products should be appropriately tested to ensure product safety. Extractable heavy metals found in food-grade products can pose serious dangers to consumers. Professional testing procedures from TÜV Rheinland provide you and your customers more safety, more clarity and higher transparency.

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