FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

The FAQ section contains valuable hints and in-depth information on various packaging related topics. Most of the questions were asked from our customers and business partners in personal meetings or in our webinars.

Legislation & Regulation

  • If adhesives use "plastics" as a reference, what do films and paperboards use as a reference?

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  • What organizations are you a part of to help understand these regulations?

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  • REACH assessments are more likely to focus on the tox properties of a substance in relation to worker exposure - this may not include oral ingestion as would be the case for migration/food contact applications - how beneficial is any data from ECHA?

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  • Is there a distinction between direct and indirect contact? What about "incidental" direct?

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  • How often do you re-assess products? What is your control plan?

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  • How do your adhesives impact regulatory documentation for food/ beverage companies?

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  • What is the receptivity of your raw material suppliers to the food safety topic? How can the supply chain collaborate to drive greater activity even further upstream?

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Migration & Analytics

  • What factors most significantly contribute to migration?

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  • What are the most effective absolute and functional barriers for preventing migration?

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  • If we had to conduct migration test for NIAS, and the migration quantity is under 0.01ppb, do we also need conduct a toxicological test for the NIAS?

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Container Labeling

  • Why is it important to check the food contact status of labeling adhesives?

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Risk Assessment

  • When should products be tested and re-tested?

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  • How can I conduct a risk assessment for substances that are not listed?

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  • Is it mandatory to perform lab test for NIAS? Are the suppliers´ declarations sufficient?

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  • Who is ultimately responsible for certifying the products used in food packaging? Is it the supplier (adhesive supplier) or the user (end-customer)?

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  • What chemicals can cause off-odor/ off-taste?

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  • How long does it take to assess an adhesive?

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  • What is the most effective simulant?  Why?

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Raw Materials

  • How do you manage changes in your raw materials?

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  • How often do you re-assess products? What is your control plan?

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Flexible Packaging

  • What are techniques to determine PAAs?

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  • Why do the different PAA test methods have different detection limits?

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  • Can aromatic SF systems be used for retort applications?

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  • Does the BfR method always lead to wrong results for PAA tests after retort?

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  • Why are PAA times on OPA or CPA so long?

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Paper Packaging

  • Can triacetin be used as food additive for all foodstuffs?

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  • Is it necessary to make migration tests or can we make worst-case-calculations for plasticizers?

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