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Modelling migration from plastics into foodstuffs as a novel and cost efficient
tool for estimation of consumer exposure from food contact materials
FOODMIGROSURE

Contract number : QLK1-2002-02390
Contract type : Shared Cost Project
Total cost : Under negotiation
EC contribution : Under negotiation
Starting date : not yet determined
Duration : 36 Months
Scientific Officer : Achim Boenke
Project website : not yet available
Coordinator
Dr Roland Franz
Fraunhofer Institut für Verfahrenstechnik und Verpackung
Giggenhauser Str. 35
85354 Freising
Germany
Tel.: +49-8161-491746
Fax: +49-8161-491777
E-mail: fr @ ivv.fhg.de
Background

One important aspect within the European Union's public health care is the exposure of the European consumer to undesirable chemicals in the diet. Food contact materials (FCM) are one potential contamination source and therefore of particular interest for food exposure assessments. On the other hand, scientific investigations concerning the migration potential and behaviour of food packaging materials have demonstrated that diffusion in and migration from FCM are foreseeable physical and, in principle, mathematically describable processes. The project aim therefore is to provide a novel and economic tool for estimation of consumer exposure to chemicals migrating from food contact plastic materials by establishing a physico-chemical migration model that can mathematically describe the migration processes from plastics into actual foodstuffs under any actual contact conditions.

Objectives
  • To establish a physico-chemical migration model that describes mathematically the migration processes from plastics into actual foodstuffs under any actual contact conditions.
  • To provide with this model a novel and highly economic tool for estimation of consumer exposure to chemicals migrating from plastics FCM.
  • The model will be applicable for exposure estimations in different ways:
  • A stand alone tool to estimate exposure related migration within the conventional frame conditions of the EU food regulatory evaluation system and thus applying a worst case exposure scenario;
  • in conjunction with statistical data obtained from food consumption and plastics packaging surveys to estimate realistic or worse-case exposure for any situation of interest;
  • Investigating the social acceptance of migration modelling versus chemical measurements, and its implications for exposure estimation.
(expected) Results and achievements

The project will to provide a new versatile and rapid tool to estimate exposure from FCM. It will increase knowledge of the mechanisms of diffusion of organic compounds in foodstuffs. The project achievements will provide a scientific basis for further amendments of food packaging EU Directives 85/572/EEC as well as 90/128/EEC and allow quick and early compliance evaluation of food packaging plastics at the level of foodstuffs and make migration modelling transparent to the consumer.


Partners

Central Science Laboratory
Department of Food Environment & Rural Affairs
Sand Hutton
Y019 SPP York
United Kingdom
European Commission
Institute for Health and Consumer Protection
Via Enrico Fermi
21020 Ispra (Va)
Italy
Fabes Forschungs-GmbH für Analytik und Bewertung von Stoffübergängen
Schragenhofstr. 35
80992 München
Germany
Universidade de Santiago de Compostela
Dpt. Química Analítica, Nutrición e Bromatoloxia
Campus Sur
15782 Santiago de Compostela
Spain
Pira International Ltd
KT22 7RU Leatherhead
United Kingdom
Vienna University of Technology
Institute of Food Chemistry and Food Technology
Getreidemarkt 9
1060 Wien
Austria
CEFIC, BIT-FCA
Av. E.v. Nieuwenhuyse 4, bte 1
1160 Brussels
Belgium
Nestlé Research Center
Vers-chez-les-Blanc
P.O. Box 44
1000 Lausanne 26
Switzerland


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