New chemical testing service for packaging & contact materials

The launch expands our food packaging testing capabilities and comes in response to greater demand for sustainable materials.


RSSL’s new chemical testing service provides detailed analysis of food packaging in terms of its impact on product quality, human health and the environment. Non-intentionally added substance (NIAS) screening, migration studies, toxicology risk assessment, and shelf-life testing are all part of the comprehensive suite of targeted laboratory analytical services.


The introduction follows significant interest in sustainable and innovative food packaging, as Aurelia Laluc, Packaging Laboratory Manager at RSSL, explains: 


“While it has always been necessary to carry out chemical testing on food packaging and related food contact materials, the industry-wide shift to more sustainable options has created even more demand.


“Recycled options may contain a higher concentration of toxic chemicals than virgin constituents, which increases the potential risk of harm. The fact that their provenance is often unknown is also a major concern. New packaging materials, made from novel materials haven’t been assessed yet. So the need to ensure these potentially greener packaging materials are safe and fully compliant with relevant regulations is paramount – not only to safeguard consumers, but also protect brand reputation and ultimately avoid costly product recalls.”

Drawing on RSSL’s proven chemical testing expertise, the technical team has developed a range of test methods to evaluate food specific issues. For example, targeted and non-targeted GC-MS and LC-MS screening will measure potential migration of compounds coming from the packaging and potentially migrating into the food. While a toxicology assessment is used to assess the potential health impact of identified compounds in the food contact materials.

With a comprehensive physical testing service already in place, the addition of the chemical analysis service means RSSL now offers complete packaging analysis for the food industry.  


“This joined up approach means our clients benefit from strong analytical expertise that can easily be adapted to suit individual requirements. Most importantly, it allows them to move forward with sustainable food packaging that is both safe and fit for purpose,” adds Ellen Norman, Safety & Regulatory Services Lead at RSSL.


Would you like to know more about our chemical and physical food packaging testing services? Let’s work together to get your new packaging market ready. To find out more, or make an enquiry contact our technical team via the contact form below. 

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