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BRC Packaging High Hygiene migration testing formulation review customer letter

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#1 CartonQM

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 05:41 PM

Hi Everyone,

 

We are a paperboard packaging company that is working towards the BRC registraton for High Hygiene packaging. Most of our food manufacturing customers are indirect/secondary contact with a very few that are direct/primary contact. We are stuck on a few items:

 

1. We have looked into formulation reviews (a certain cost per item per supplier) and migration testing.  Did you do one, the other or both and why?   If you did migration testing did you do the harshest test?  We are located in Ontario, Canada, and are there any testing companies that you recommend? 

 

2. We are trying to develop a form letter to give to existing/potential customers that will cover: discouraging the use of UV inks/coating, recommended no inside printing, and using a functional barrier.  The inks/coatings we use are not food grade.  Has anyone created something like this?  Did you involve a lawyer for any liability issues?  A lot of education from us to our smaller customers seems to be the norm and we wanted to make sure we are covering all the info needed when it comes to Food Safety. 

 

We have info from our material suppliers regarding heavy metals (CONEG), EU regulations, Prop 65, Directive 94/62/EC, etc. so that part seems to be okay.

 

Thanks in advance!



#2 beautiophile

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Posted 16 May 2019 - 01:51 AM

First to say, I don't work with paper materials and just want to share my small knowledge.

1. I don't know about Canada, but the EU requires the migration test as a fundamental criterion. Scientifically, it is to assure that no "harmful" chemicals (inks, excessive raw ingredients, additives, etc.) diffuse to the food through the interface, during the shelf-life. You can look at EU Resolution ResAP (2002) for information. 

2. Again with EU guideline Resolution ResAP (2005)2, 'cuz I have to deal with European customers. Bear in mind that, your inks/coats must comply the safety for "unintended direct food contact". Just in case people unpack your paperboard and use it as a dish.



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Posted 17 May 2019 - 05:28 PM

Thank you!






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