Safe products service launched by Wilton Centre company
Intertek's Wilton Centre laboratory
Investment by Intertek, a leading provider of quality and safety solutions to industries worldwide, has resulted in an innovative new service being offered by its Wilton Centre laboratory.
The company is now providing plastics manufacturers with expert measurement and assessment of non-intentionally added substances (NIAS) in their food contact products, enabling them to meet their obligations under the European Food Contact Regulation 10/2011.
NIAS are unintended chemical compounds that are present in products and may occur from contamination, reaction, degradation or impurities.
The Regulation requires manufacturers of plastic food packaging to identify and quantify NIAS in their products.
The application of a wide range of sample extraction techniques and highly sensitive analytical methods including separation by chromatography and analysis by mass spectrometry in a laboratory, determines the identity and quantity of each non-intended substance in the product.
With these identified, manufacturers can review their processes and compounds and enhance material composition by reducing impurities and residuals from chemical reactions or degradation.
The Intertek laboratory at the Centre is part of an international network of facilities that continues to invest in a portfolio of sensitive and state-of-the-art technology.
This includes Q-TOF gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC-Q-TOF), which allows identification and quantification of NIAS substances down to part per billion (ppb) levels to support manufacturing efforts to produce safe, compliant products.