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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

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.

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Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.*

Address

35,Giggenhauser Strasse 35
85354 Freising

Germany

Administrative Contact

Rüdiger DORNER (Mr)

Participants (8)

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COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES

Italy

DEPARTMENT FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS

United Kingdom

EUROPEAN CHEMICAL INDUSTRY COUNCIL

Belgium

FABES FORSCHUNGS-GMBH FUER ANALYTIK UND BEWERTUNG VON STOFFUEBERGAENGEN

Germany

NESTEC S.A.

Switzerland

PIRA INTERNATIONAL LTD

United Kingdom

UNIVERSIDADE DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Spain

VIENNA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

Austria

Project information

Grant agreement ID: QLK1-CT-2002-02390

  • Start date

    1 March 2003

  • End date

    30 September 2006

Funded under:

FP5-LIFE QUALITY

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 351 712

  • EU contribution

    € 1 186 270

Coordinated by:

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.*

Germany