FDA, LFGB, EU, D. M. Test of Food Contact Materials
Food Contact Material (FCM) Testing
The materials that are used to package or handle food, known as food contact materials, come into contact with food and beverages, therefore affecting the substances that are ingested. FCM affects not only the hygiene or sanitation of food, but chemical substances present in FCM may migrate into the food and beverages consumed.
Companies should establish an export risk prevention system and pay more attention to international alerts for FCM products in order to respond rapidly and in compliance with regulations.
Companies should comply with all of the different standards around the world in order to ensure access to different markets.
FCM products such as tableware, cookware, kitchen appliances, and food packaging should be tested to meet the various standards across the world. GIG tests FCMs according to the following standards and for the corresponding materials:
Country/Region and Standard
Plastic, glass, ceramic, rubber, silicon, coatings
USA(FDA 21CFR Parts 170-189)
Plastic, glass, ceramic, rubber, silicon, paper, paperboard, coatings, sealing gaskets
Metal, plastic, rubber, paper, paperboard, ceramic, silicon, non-stick coatings
Plastic, plastic composite, paper, paperboard, rubber, silicon, aluminum, tin, ceramic, stainless steel, cast iron
Italy (DM 1973-03-21)
Plastics, rubber, silicone, coating, glass, ceramic, stainless steel
Japan (Japanese Food Sanitation Law Article 370)
Plastic, rubber, silicon, paper, paperboard, glass, ceramic, metal cans
Plastic, rubber, silicon, glass, ceramic, metal, paper, paperboard, regenerated cellulose film
Plastic resin, phenolic epoxy coating, PTFE coating, composite, paper, porcelain enamel, glass, ceramic, rubber, stainless steel, aluminum