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Disposable cutlery, cups and plates are some of the most essential items used during parties.

SGS ensures that items that will come into contact with food had fully complied with respective foodgrade regulations and standards.

In EU, plastic food contact materials need to comply with the requirements in Regulation (EU) No 10/2011. Other materials like paper will also be tested for compliance against certain EU recommendations including Council of Europe Resolution APs.

Some common requirements are:

MaterialTest ParameterRegulation/ StandardsLIMIT
Plastic Overall migration

Regulation (EU) No 10/2011

10 mg/dm2 or 60 mg/kg
Specific migration of heavy metals*

1 mg/kg (Barium)
0.05 mg/kg (Cobalt)
5 mg/kg (Copper)
48 mg/kg (Iron)
0.6 mg/kg (Lithium)
0.6 mg/kg (Manganese)
25 mg/kg (Zinc)

Aluminium Extractable heavy metals  Council of Europe Resolution AP (2002) 1 0.002 mg/dm2 (Cadmium)
0.003 mg/dm2 (Lead)
0.002 mg/dm2 (Mercury)
Pentachlorophenol (PCP) content  0.15 mg/kg
Migration of fluorescent whitening agents  No migration
Migration of colorants  No migration

For further information, please contact: 

Mr. Kenji NG
t: + 852 2334 4481 ext. 1209

Mr. Ronald TSE
t: +852 2334 4481 ext. 1813

Mr. Toby LEE
t: +852 2334 4481 ext. 1805

Get a Copy in PDF version: Food Contact Material Testing for Party Item (EU) 

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