Food packaging and contact materials testing

Food packaging not only needs to look good, it also has to protect product safety and integrity throughout the supply chain. Our comprehensive packaging integrity testing service ensures your food packaging is fit for purpose.


Our dedicated packaging team understand the multifaceted demands of packaging, it not only represents your brand identity, provides critical label information but also leaves a lasting impression on consumers. At the same time, the need for innovative sustainable packaging solutions presents its own unique challenges. 


With extensive expertise, cutting-edge facilities, and advanced testing techniques, we offer a comprehensive service for packaging analysis and food contact materials testing. Our focus extends beyond visual appeal, ensuring your food packaging serves its intended purpose while upholding the highest standards of quality and safety at every stage. We will work with you to align your packaging choices with your sustainability goals instilling consumer confidence in your commitment to the environment. 

By choosing RSSL as your trusted packaging testing and analysis provider, you will benefit from our industry leading expertise and comprehensive suite of food packaging testing and analysis services covering all your needs in a collaborative partnership:


  • Compliance and safety: ensuring your food packaging materials meet global safety standards and regulatory requirements with packaging analysis, protecting consumer health and mitigating potential risks. 


  • Non-intentionally added substances (NIAS) analysis: identifying and quantifying substances that may unintentionally migrate from packaging materials to the food product, ensuring safety and compliance. 


  • Overall migration and specific migration: evaluating substance migration from packaging materials to food and conducting specific migration tests for individual compounds to meet regulatory requirements and ensure consumer safety. 


  • Shelf-life extension and evaluation: gain valuable insights into the suitability of your packaging and food packaging quality control for your product ensuring optimal quality, safety and consumer satisfaction. We can provide rigorous evaluation of your product across its proposed shelf life, confirm shelf-life as well as maximise effectiveness and providing confidence over your maximum shelf-life giving you a competitive edge.


  • Off-flavour and taint identification: we will help you identify the source of chemical taints and off-flavours from food packaging ensuring your products remain free from undesirable odours or tastes.


  • Physical evaluation and testing:
    1. Barrier protection: gain a thorough understanding of your packaging materials, barrier properties and packaging integrity by assessing factors like aroma, water vapour, oxygen permeation to ensure preservation of quality and freshness 
    1. Mechanical strength and integrity: evaluation of the properties of packaging material including ease of opening, seal strength, puncture resistance and overall integrity of food packaging materials to ensure they can withstand the demands of the supply chain 

    1. Material evaluation: physical testing and structural evaluation to assess the suitability of chosen packaging materials for your product with considerations for compatibility and packaging sustainability   


  • Sustainable packaging solutions: we are here to support you on your journey to move to more sustainable packaging  



Our comprehensive packaging and packaging material analysis service will provide you with the insights needed to make well-informed decisions for your packaging success. Take your next step towards packaging excellence and consumer confidence. Contact us to discuss your requirements or to find out more. 



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Meet out technical experts

David Wright

Experienced materials scientist and microscopist specialising in packaging materials testing and material structure. A Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and Institute of Food Science and Technology.

Mark Auty

Internationally recognised food microstructure expert across multiple product categories. Published over 100 scientific papers. Winner of Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Scientist of the Year 2021. Fellow of the Institute for Food Science and Technology and the Royal Microscopical Society.

Ellen Norman

Wide range of chemical analysis experience, with a specialist interest in linking analysis to the process and product. Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Chair of the Food and Drink Federation residues and contaminants committee.

Paul O'Nion

Experienced chromatographer specialising in flavour and taints analysis using multi-dimensional chromatography, mass spectrometry and troubleshooting. Member of the Industry Advisory Board for CAMS.

Robert Griffiths

Extensive experience in the analysis, uses and properties of Oils, Fats & Lipids in a variety of food and non-food applications. Current Chairman of the British Standards Institution (BSI) Oilseeds, Fats & Oils Committee. Member of the Society of Chemical Industry Lipids Committee

Daniele Leonarduzzi

Material Scientist with many years’ experience in a broad range of industries, linking physical attributes to key process and quality parameters in order to facilitate scale-up and speed up product launches

Fred Gates

Extensive experience in food research with particular focus on physical properties and the impact of food processing on product characteristics.

Barbara Hirst

An allergen management specialist, with broad analytical and technical expertise gained over 20 years in the food industry. Actively involved with industry, clinical and regulatory bodies, as well as patient support groups.

Carole Bingley

Extensive experience of product development and ingredient evaluation across numerous food categories including plant proteins, vegan meat and dairy alternatives, sweeteners and bulking agents. Fellow of the Institute for Food Science & Technology.

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