All materials that come into contact with food must be carefully controlled to prevent the risk of contamination and ensure compliance with health and safety requirements.
To check these requirements, the legislation provides for specific measures: all materials and items intended to come into contact with foodstuffs (MOCA) are subject to EC Regulation 2023/2006 (on Good Manufacturing Practices) and the general provisions of EC Regulation 1935/2004. The basic principle is that the materials manufactured in compliance with good manufacturing practices are sufficiently inert to exclude the transfer of substances to foodstuffs in quantities likely to:
- Endanger human health
- Imply an unacceptable change in food composition
- Impair their organoleptic characteristics
Compliance results affect the whole supply chain, not just the user who needs to know how to choose the best material for his food, but manufacturers also have the task to offer safe materials manufactured with raw materials free from contamination as much as possible.
Mérieux NutriSciences assists companies in choosing the correct analytical solution to raw materials, intermediates for production and finished products to ensure that they have the mandatory food application requirements with global and specific migration tests according to the type of material.
Tests are performed in accordance with legal methods by recognized Standards (EN, DIN, LMBG, FDA, ISO etc.) or by methods that are specially developed and validated internally.
The mission is to provide solutions to meet the business needs that affect the compliance of materials in contact with foods with local regulations and support companies that have to face a constantly changing legislation and an often complex production activity.
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Comprehensive range of analyses to help you to guarantee the safety of your products:
- Detection of allergenic colorants, formaldehyde, heavy metals and other allergenic or harmful residual substances
- Food contact materials
- Microbiological contamination
- Interaction between products and packaging
- REACH and RoHS
- Tailor-made projects
Performance evaluation tests for a wide range of products, including plastics, detergents, absorbing aids, accelerated aging, and exposure to light and weathering.
A quality assurance system is intended to increase customer confidence and a company's credibility, to improve work processes and efficiency, and to enable a company to better compete with its rivals.
- Aging conditions and performance changes for an extensive range of goods.
Research and development tests to evaluate the performance, safety and durability of the products.
- Biodegradability and compostability
- EU Ecolabel on detergents
- Specific technical advice on a range of topics
- Development of a testing plan
- Evaluation of the substantiation of claims and compliance of labeling