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#1 cazyncymru

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 11:10 AM

We hold "Declerations of Conformity" for migration testing on plastics from all of our primary packaging suppliers.

However we are moving over to use RPET packaging, and having spoken to WRAP they say that we should be testing our product at end of shelf life for the stimulants relevant to my products.

I've read the legislation (and the guidance) (Directive 82/117/EEC) and to be honest i'm none the wiser!

Is there anyone out there who can point me in the right direction

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 07:04 PM

Dear Cazx,

Can understand yr frustration, the directive is a nightmare of clarity.

I presume you are attempting to cross-check / validate the appropriateness of migration data for RPET whose initial supply is the responsibility of the plastic manufacturer ?.

Rgds / Charles.C

PS - For the benefit of lesser aficionados like myself, I think -
RPET = Recyclable PET (didn't know it existed), WRAP = wrap.org.uk = Waste and Resources Action Program ? "Stimulants" probably = simulants ?.


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Posted 01 March 2009 - 10:08 PM

Hi Caz,

Being dairy your products are pretty benign. If your packaging supplier has undertaken migration testing I think all you need to do is make sure the testing is comprehensive and carried out on their behalf by a reputable company. I think reading the pages below may help you to understand what to test for and what to test with and what standards apply to tests and the tester.

Migration testing of foodpackaging

Overall Migration Testing of Food Packaging

Specific Migration testing

See this for the structure of EU food packaging legislation

Hope this helps.

Simon


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Posted 27 August 2010 - 07:25 PM

Dear Cazx,

Can understand yr frustration, the directive is a nightmare of clarity.

I presume you are attempting to cross-check / validate the appropriateness of migration data for RPET whose initial supply is the responsibility of the plastic manufacturer ?.

Rgds / Charles.C

PS - For the benefit of lesser aficionados like myself, I think -
RPET = Recyclable PET (didn't know it existed), WRAP = wrap.org.uk = Waste and Resources Action Program ? "Stimulants" probably = simulants ?.



Hi there

Found this is the archives.

RPET is recycled PET - most plastics are recyclable - RPET actually contains PCW (post consumer waste) - usually about 80% sandwiched in between 2 layers of virgin PET (APET) -(amorphous PET).

The migration testing is identical to migration testing of virgin plastics - must meet the same criteria.




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