Importance of Tests for Food Contact Items
All kinds of wholesale food containers are high-risk products due to prolonged exposure to food and drink. The quality of food containers directly affects the state and safety of food storage and packaging in containers. Meanwhile, items that come into contact with food in daily use must be kept safe throughout their life and under extreme conditions such as high temperatures, microwave radiation, and washing dishes.
Because of this, reliable quality control and safety testing are critical for every supplier, manufacturer, and distributor of food containers and food contact items. We will show you which kinds of wholesale food containers need to be tested? What test method and standard for each country? How does China factory for wholesale food containers arrange the test and do quality control?
Food Container Testing Range
Generally speaking, all kinds of wholesale food contact items have to be tested before selling into the market. Such as paper, glass, ceramic containers (single and multiple uses); cans, tins, bottles; plastic, metal, and wood containers; ceramic ware, glassware; cookware and hollowware, silver-plated ware; sports bottles and travel mugs; Children’s feeding sets, sippy cups, and lunchboxes.
To make sure the material used is no problem and the product is not polluted during production, normally we do test by a test for samples from a random picking of mass production.
Wholesale Food Containers Test Standard
There will be different standards for different countries. Some of them are mandatory and some of them are not mandatory. And some test reports can be OK for different countries. For example, we have an FDA report for a food container, when we export to Australia, many customers can accept the report even if it’s a USA and Canada standard. Below are standards for different countries.
USA and Canada Standards & Requirements
- FDA Extractable Lead & Cadmium (Interior)
- FDA Indirect Food Additives (FSSE)
- FDA Nitrosamines Content
- California Proposition 65 Settlement Review & Testing
- CPSIA Lead in Surface Coatings & Substrate Materials
- CPSIA Phthalate Content
- CPSIA Tracking Labels
- 16 CFR 500, Fair Packaging & Labeling Act
- Uniform Packaging and Labeling Regulation
- ASTM B117, Resistance to Corrosion (1%)
- ASTM D3359, Cross Cut Adhesion
- SOR/2018-83, Total Lead Content (Contact with Mouth) Regulation
- SOR/2016-175, Leachable Lead and Cadmium (Interior)
- SOR/2016-180, Infant Feeding Bottle Nipples (Nitrosamine)
- SOR/2016-188, Phthalates Regulation
- SOR/2011-17, Surface Coating Materials Regulation (Total Lead Content)
- Canada Consumer Packaging and Labeling Act
- Canada Making of Imported Goods Order (Country of origin)
- Charter of the French Language (Province of Quebec Labeling)
- Bisphenol A Content (BPA)
- Model Toxics in Packaging
Europe Standards & Requirements
- Framework Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004, Food Safety
- EU Regulation No. 10/2011, Plastic Materials in Contact with Food
- EN 14372, Child Use & Care Articles – Cutlery & Feeding Utensils
- EN 14350, Child Use & Care Articles – Drinking equipment
- EC Directive 94/62/EC, Heavy Metals Content -in Packaging
- 84/500/EEC, Leachable Lead & Cadmium in Ceramicware
- BS 6748, Leachable Lead & Cadmium (Glass & Ceramicware)
- EC Directive 2007/42/EC, Regenerated Cellulose Film
- EC Directive 93/11/EEC, Nitrosamines
- Commission Regulation (EC) 1895/2005, BADGE, BFDGE, NOGE
- Various REACH requirements
- Australia Standards & Requirements
- Australia Regulation 1956, Leachable Lead & Cadmium in Ceramicware
- AS 2070-1999, Plastics in Use with Food Contact
- Consumer Protection Notice No. 11 of 2011, DEHP Content
- China – Food Safety Law requirements
- Japan – Food Sanitation Law requirements
- Polymer Identification – FTIR
- Performance Tests including Thermal Shock, Microwavability, and Dishwashing
To meet the quality standard for export, our factory for wholesale food containers has a very strict quality standard for production. As for raw material, there are marks to show when purchased and will be used for which POs. After production, the left material will be sealed into a bag with marks.
A finished product will also be stored together with raw material. So every product in every PO has a very clear record. All we have to do is make sure our wholesale food containers will never bring health problems for our customers and people all over the world.