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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

Objective

One important aspect within the European Union's public health care is the exposure of the European consumer from 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 migratin 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 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.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.*
Address
35,Giggenhauser Strasse 35
85354 Freising
Germany

Participants (8)

COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES
Italy
Address
Via Enrico Fermi 1
21020 Ispra
DEPARTMENT FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS
United Kingdom
Address
Sand Hutton
YO41 1LZ York
EUROPEAN CHEMICAL INDUSTRY COUNCIL
Belgium
Address
Avenue E. Van Nieuwenhuyse 4 Bt 1
1160 Bruxelles
FABES FORSCHUNGS-GMBH FUER ANALYTIK UND BEWERTUNG VON STOFFUEBERGAENGEN
Germany
Address
35,Schragenhofstrasse 35
80992 Muenchen
NESTEC S.A.
Switzerland
Address
Vers-chez-les-blanc
1000 Lausanne
PIRA INTERNATIONAL LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Randalls Road
KT22 7RU Leatherhead
UNIVERSIDADE DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Spain
Address
Pazo De San Xerome - Plaza Do Obradoiro S/n
Santiago De Compostela
VIENNA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Austria
Address
Karlsplatz 13
1040 Wien