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Dr. Matthias Frischmann discusses standardized test procedures according to plastics regulation 10/2011

Ahead of this year’s Plastics and Paper in Contact with Foodstuffs conference, we caught up with Dr Matthias Frischmann, Head of Instrumental Analysis at Henkel AG & Co. KGaA to hear his thoughts on the widely used standardized test procedures according to plastics regulation (EU) no. 10/2011.

Meet the expert:

Dr. Matthias Frischmann is food chemist and joined Henkel AG & Co. KGaA in 2007. He is responsible for the Instrumental Analysis group within the Henkel Corporate Analytical Center. With his expertise on migration testing, he joined the FEICA working group on paper and packaging in 2015.

Smithers: What do you feel will be the most exciting developments in the P&P landscape in the next 5 years?

Dr. Frischmann: As legislation evolves, the need for compositional and regulatory information all along the FCM supply chain will constantly increase over the next years. Understanding of non-intentionally added substances and evaluation of their transfer from the food contact material onto the filling good will be a major challenge to the analytical chemist.

Smithers: How do you think these developments impact on strategy for developing new FCM throughout the supply chain?

Dr. Frischmann: Close cooperation on all steps of the supply chain, from raw material suppliers to the FCM manufacturers, will become more important than ever before. Tailored solutions for demanding applications may be an appropriate way to meet the legal requirements.

Smithers: You are speaking on migration testing of adhesives, what can you tell us about why this is an important topic for the industry right now?

Dr. Frischmann: Adhesives are widely being used in the production of food contact materials, and these materials have to be safe in terms of framework regulation (EU) no. 1935/2004. However, there are no specific adhesive measures in force that would precisely describe how to show compliance with food contact legislation.

Smithers: What are your thoughts on the widely used standardized test procedures according to plastics regulation (EU) no. 10/2011?

Dr. Frischmann: Very different types of chemistry and a countless number of applications make it difficult – and in many cases impossible – to treat adhesives like a polymeric plastic layer, and these are exactly the limitations of standardized test procedures according to plastics regulation (EU) no. 10/2011. Migration testing needs to be adapted, and analytical results need to be evaluated carefully in order to draw the right conclusions.

Smithers: Can you give us a taster of what delegates will expect to hear in your presentation?

Dr. Frischmann: This presentation will be an introduction to a new FEICA guidance document on how to test adhesives used in food contact materials. It highlights the limitations and pitfalls of plastics regulation (EU) no. 10/2011 when being used as a reference for migration testing of adhesives.

Smithers: What are you most looking forward to at the 2016 P&P conference in December?

Dr. Frischmann: Participating in the 2016 P&P conference will be a great opportunity to meet representatives of the whole supply chain and to discuss new developments in the industry.

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