“Migressives” – Migration from Adhesives in food packaging materials in support of European Legislation and standardisation

2007 - 2010
"Migressives" – Migration from Adhesives in food packaging materials in support of European Legislation and standardisation
Sponsor: EU

Most food packages and food contact materials (FCMs) are manufactured using adhesives. The EU regulates FCMs, as their constituents may contaminate food and endanger consumer’s health. In contrary to plastics which are regulated by positive lists of authorised ingredients, adhesives have not yet a specific regulation. When using this approach also for adhesives, hundreds of raw materials would be out of scope, as they lack the standard information required by the risk assessment agencies. This would pose high cost burdens for toxicity tests to adhesives industry which is dominated by SMEs and to all SMEs from the added value chain.

The project elaborates a scientific global risk assessment approach

  • to meet current general EU regulatory requirements and
  • to serve as a basis for future specific EU legislation and
  • to provide SME industry a tool to ensure that adhesives do not endanger consumer health. The idea is to demonstrate that consumer’s exposure to chemicals released by adhesives is in many cases below levels of concern.