Scientifically addressing the main challenges in the safety and quality of food contact materials
Task Force Information
For more than 30 years, the Task Force has strived to understand the challenges to ensure safe food contact materials for food consumption by:
- Evaluating food contact materials safety and their interactions with food to ensure consumers’ safety at minimal environmental impact.
- Addressing recent improvements in food production and distribution, leading to an increased sophistication of food packaging.
Task Force Members
* Scientific Advisors
For more detailed information, please contact Konrad Korzeniowski at firstname.lastname@example.org or Luidi De Rosa at email@example.com
Best practices in identifying and quantifying unknown migrants from food contact materials (FCMs) - Ongoing -
An expert group on best practices in identifying and quantifying unknown migrants from food contact materials (FCMs) aims to provide best practices to identify and quantify unknown migrants from FCMs, with widely differing characteristics and applicable to any type of single use FCMs. The objective is to determine whether a set of basic golden rules could align procedures.
- Upcoming -
New activity on Sustainable packaging in an early stage of development
Best practices in identifying and quantifying unknown migrants from food contact materials (FCMs)
Background and Objectives
The NIAS (Non-Intentionally Added Substances) are present in all Food Contact Materials. However, there is no common methodology on how to perform the sample preparation, analysis, or on how to identify and more importantly quantify the migrants.
This activity aims to provide best practices to identify and quantify unknown migrants from FCMs, with widely differing characteristics and applicable to any type of single use FCM. The objective is to determine whether a set of basic golden rules could align procedures.
This activity will result in a recommendation document that will determine potential best practices to align methods available for untargeted screening and future testing.
The expert group will produce one peer-reviewed publication with the state-of-the-art of analytical techniques for NIAS identification and quantification as well as a practical guidance with “do’s and don’ts“ in NIAS analysis.
Expert Group Members
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Value and limitation of in vitro bioassays to support the application of the threshold of toxicological concern to prioritise unidentified chemicals in food contact materials
Recycling of Plastics for Food Contact Use
Packaging Technology and Science. 1997;10(5);281-289.
Packaging Materials 9: Multilayer Packaging for Food and Beverages
ILSI Europe Report Series. 2011:1-43. Commissioned by the Packaging Materials Task Force.
Packaging Materials 8: Printing Inks for Food Packaging Composition and Properties of Printing Inks
ILSI Europe Report Series. 2011:1-32.
Packaging Materials 7: Metal Packaging for Foodstuffs
The present report is the seventh in the report series on food packaging materials, which was commissioned by the ILSI Europe Packaging Materials Task Force.
Completed Expert Groups
Overview of completed activities since 2021
7th International Symposium on Food Packaging
Mineral Oil Risk Assessment: Knowledge Gaps and Roadmap (collaboration with Food Contaminants Task Force)
Roles and Applications of in Vitro Bioassays in Safety Evaluation of Food Contact Materials