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Investigation of the nature and extent of biodegradable polymers in direct food contact applications
Project Code: a03040
Central Science Laboratory
This project addressed the identification of possible migrants and any testing
requirements for biodegradable food contact polymers. This was achieved via a group
of 6 linked objectives, which were:
• Gather information on the chemical composition of biodegradable polymers
intended for food contact.
• Gather information on the conditions of use including the type of foods
packaged along with the contact conditions of time and temperature.
• Make estimates of the amount of biodegradable polymers used in the UK per
• Evaluate the migration potential from biodegradables given their composition
and conditions of use.
• Evaluate the suitability of standard migration test protocols, for example from
the sectors of paper and plastics, for use to test biodegradables.
• Make final report on the information gathering exercise along with
recommendations for further work, including experimental work, if any is required.
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