Food contact materials

J.S. Hamilton is

  • Central & Eastern Europe leading laboratory in testing of packaging for food, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals
  • An independent research center offering knowledge and experience as well as wide range of analytical methods
  • A reliable Partner of Food, Packaging, Plastics Processing and Paper Industry
  • Expert team ensuring impartial assessment of the Quality, Compliance and Safety of Product

We support our Partners’ business growth and development, confirm their credibility, responsibility & innovation.

J.S. Hamilton Poland Sp. z o.o. is a laboratory that comprehensively combines consultancy services with a wide range of analytical research. Our experts team ensures an independent assessment of the quality of products.  The central laboratory in Gdynia and a network of specialized local laboratories have been offering a wide range of accredited physic-chemical, microbiological and sensory analyzes since 1949.

J.S Hamilton’s experts advise the appropriate and optimized configuration of testing plan in order to ensure compliance with the relevant national and European safety regulations, as well as with specific requirements of  clients, organizations and retailers.

We do offer:

Consultancy services

  • Documents review and verification
  • Set-up of optimized testing plans for compliance assessment
  • Compliance assessment based on EU 10/2011, Swiss Ordinance, BfR Recommendations and relevant Industry Guidance (EuPIA, CEPI, FCA, FEICA, EFSA, ILSI)
  • Toxicological risk assessment e.g. by TTC-concept method
  • Drafts of DoC (Declaration of Conformity) for final FCMs

We offer testing of Plastics intended to come into contact with food, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, such as:

  • Overall and specific migration into all food simulants: water, A, B, C, D1, D2, E and D2 alternatives (isooctane and 95% Ethanol)

Specific migration of:

  • Primary Aromatic Amines (PAAs) and Annex II Metals (Ni, Al, Ba, Co, Cu, FE, Li, Mn, Zn)
  • Plasticizers, antioxidants, monomers and other additives acc. EU 10/2011 Annex I and Swiss Ordinance
  • Mineral oils (MOSH/POSH & MOAH)
  • Bisphenol A and epoxy resin derivatives BADGE, BFDGE and NOGE in coated materials, plastics and adhesives
  • GC-MS Screening of NIAS (Non-Intentionally Added Substances), 10 ppb method (also for granules)
  • Isocyanates content and migration (laminates with adhesives, printed materials)
  • Set-off effect of printing inks and specific migration UV-initiators, acrylates, BHT, PAAs, etc.
  • Solvents residual content and specific migration
  • Sensory analysis acc. DIN 10955, EN 1230-1/-2
  • Colorfastness acc. EN 646, DIN 53160-1 / -2
  • Gas transition rate: oxygen (OTR), water (VWTR), CO2, N2
  • Heavy metals acc. Directive 94/62/EC (Cd, Hg, Pb, Cr (VI)

Testing of Paper and board as Food Contact material:

  • Determination of the grammage, moisture content
  • Dry matter in the Water Extract
  • Methanal (Formaldehyde), Pentachlorophenol (PCB), Glyoxal, Anthraquinone
  • Primary Aromatic Amines
  • Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB)
  • Bisphenol A and Aromatic Ketones, Phthalates
  • Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)
  • Mineral Oils (MOSH and MOAH) content and specific migration
  • Transfer of Antimicrobial Constituents
  • Determination of the Fastness of Whitened Paper and Board, EN 648
  • Colorfastness, EN 646
  • Specific migration of printing inks compounds
  • Extraction Tests According to the FDA Regulations
  • Testing under Toys Directive (EN 71 standards) and RoHS

Specific release of metal ions testing based on „Metals and alloys used in food contact materials and articles, a practical guide for manufacturers and regulators” and Resolution CM/Res(2013)9 on metals and alloys used in food contact materials and articles, adopted by Council of Europe member states.

Testing of Polyolefins, PVC, PET, Rubber under GMP standard, e.g.:

  • Appearance of solution, Absorbance
  • Acidity / alkalinity
  • Reducing Substances
  • Extractable Al, Ti, Zn; Extractable heavy metals
  • Sulfated ash; Plastic additives, Phenolic and non-phenolic antioxidants, Amides and stearates
  • Penetrability
  • Determination of lead (Pb) and cadmium (Cd) transferred (released) from ceramic articles which, in their finished state, are intended to come into contact with foodstuff, acc. Commission Directive 2005/31/EC of 29 April 2005 amending Council Directive 84/500/EEC.
  • Glass: determination of the release of lead and cadmium from silicate surfaces other than ceramic ware

GC-MS Screening of NIAS (Non-Intentionally Added Substances)

REACH substances in consumer goods, toys, recycled materials

  • Heavy metals,
  • Phthalates
  • PAHs (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons),
  • SCCP (Short-Chain Chlorinated Paraffins)
  • BPA (Bisphenol A)
  • Testing acc. to Toy Safety standard EN 71 series
  • Testing of substances acc. RoHS Directive
  • Testing against special requirements and specifications of your clients and retailers

Our consultancy services include:

  • Documents review and verification
  • Set-up of optimized testing plans for compliance assessment
  • Compliance assessment based on EU 10/2011, Swiss Ordinance, BfR Recommendations and relevant Industry Guidance (EuPIA, CEPI, FCA, FEICA, EFSA, ILSI)
  • Toxicological risk assessment e.g. by TTC-concept method
  • Drafts of DoC (Declaration of Conformity) for final FCMs

Contact us

Contact information

J.S. Hamilton Baltic SIA

Address:
Mazā Rencēnu Street 12 Riga, LV-1073, LATVIA

Phone:
+371 66103389
+371 27087073

Working time:
Mo. Tu. We. Th. Fr. 8:30 – 17:00
On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays – delivery of samples by prior arrangement

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