Food contact materials like e.g. plastic packaging materials facilitate the preservation, protection and distribution of high quality foodstuffs, nowadays expected by the consumer to be available at any time. Since packaging materials intensively come in contact with foodstuffs it is well known that chemical substances release and migrate from packaging materials into the foodstuff while stored.

One important aspect within the European Union’s public health care is the exposure of the European consumer to undesirable chemicals in the diet.
 

Food contact materials (FCM) are one potential contamination source and therefore of particular interest for food exposure assessments.

However, scientific investigations concerning the migration potential and behaviour of food packaging materials have demonstrated that diffusion in and migration from FCM are foreseeable physical and in principle, mathematically describable processes.

The main project aim is therefore to establish a physical-chemical migration model that can mathematically describe the migration processes from plastics into actual foodstuffs