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Plastics are one of most commonly used materials in consumer goods. Due to its diversity, plastics are utilised in many products around us, for example, toys, stationery, tableware, food preparation tools and cookware.

The use of plastics in the manufacture of food contact materials and articles is of paramount importance and is highly regulated in the EU and the US. These measures are to safeguard the protection of human health when food contact plastics are used in our daily lives.

Both EU and US have their own measures to ensure food contact plastics are safe. The Table below summarises the regulation, scope and parameters for the EU and US markets. We have our experts to provide technical information on testing services to ensure food contact plastics showing compliance on the food contact regulation for both the EU and US markets. SGS provides the most comprehensive one-stop quality assurance solution to our clients for compliance.

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table 1: Regulatory requirements for food contact plastics in eu & us markets

regionEUUS
Regulation Regulation (EU) No. 10/2011 Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
21 CFR 175-189
Requirements
(non-exhaustive)
  • Overall Migration
  • Specific Migration
    - Phthalates
    - Heavy metals
    - Aromatic amines
    - Bisphenol A
    - Formaldehyde
    - Melamine
  • Phthalates content
  • Extractive Tests
  • Melting Point
  • Density
  • Solution Fractions
  • Residual Monomer Content

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

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