German Regulations for Food Contact Materials

In September 2005, new German regulatIon of food and food supplies LFGB replaced LMBG. It is also called “Lebensmittel–Bedarfsgegenstandegesetzund Futtermittelegsetzbuch”, it was the most important basic legal documents of German food hygiene management , is the core of other special food health laws and regulations. And if pass the test, the products can get the report issued by the agencies of LFGB, which proved that “does not contain chemical poisonous material products”, and can sale in the German market.

GER Regulations for Food Contact Materials

1. Special place in testing

The difference between LFGB and other food grade test is that LFGB required to do Section 30 &31 sensory test(mainly referring to smell and taste). LFGB test requirements are more stringent than the other country’s test requirements, therefore LFGB test report in other countries can also be recognized.

2. LFGB authentication include the following test items:

1. composition (poisonous and harmful components)

2. Sensory test

Usually, LFGB30&31 include the following items:

1. The initial check of samples and materials

2. Sensory evaluation of smell and taste

3. Plastic sample: heavy metal test

4. Metal: composition and heavy metal test

5. Silicon resin: volatile organic compound test

6. Special materials: according to German chemical method inspection chemical hazards

NoMaterialsTest ItemsLimitsRegulation
1All Plastics(common items)Same as EUSame as EUSee below
2PEPeroxide  residuesN.D.BfR Recommendation  III
Catalyst residues- Cr V Zr HfCr: 10ppm; V: 20ppmZr: 100ppm; Hf:  100ppm
3PPCatalyst residues- Cr V Zr HfCr: 10ppm; V: 20ppmZr: 100ppm; Hf:  100ppmBfR Recommendation  VII
4PCSpecific migration  of BPAN.D( for feeding  bottle)  / 0.6 mg/kg (for other materials)BfR Recommendation  XI
5PSVolatile  Organic materials (VOM)15mg/dm2BfR Recommendation  V&VI
Total Lithium  Content185 mg/kg
Peroxide  residuesN.D.
6AS/ABSVolatile  Organic materials (VOM)15mg/dm2BfR Recommendation L&VI
Peroxide  residuesN.D.
Acrylonitrile monomerN.D.
7PAPrimary Aromatic Amines(PAA)N.D.BfR Recommendation X
Peroxide  residuesN.D.
Specific  migration of caprolactam15mg/kg
Specific migration  of Hexamethylenediamine2.4mg/kg
8PETPeroxide  residuesN.D.BfR Recommendation  XVII
Catalysts-Sb, Ga, Ge, Co, Li, Mn, Zn, TiSb: 350ppm,Ga: 20ppm,Ge: 100ppm,Co: 125ppm,Li: 130ppm, Mn: 140ppm,Zn: 80ppm, Ti: 120ppm
9SiliconeExtractives  distilled water0.50%BfR Recommendation  XV
Extractives  3%acetic acid0.50%
Extractives  10%ethanol0.50%
Volatile  Organic materials (VOM)0.50%
Peroxide  residuesN.D.
Total  Platinum50 mg/kg 120 mg/kg (for  coating paper or plastic film)
10Ceramic,glassSoluble  Pb & CdPlease call us for counselingDIN 51032
Lip and rim region
11Metal and alloysSpecific Release of  23 MetalsPlease call us for counselingEDQM Technical Guide Resolution CM/Res(2013)9
12Non-stick coatingOverall  Migration10mg/dm2 or 60mg/kgBfR Recommendation  LI
Primary  Aromatic Amines(PAA)N.D.
Total  Fluoride compounds0.05mg/dm2
Li0.5 mg/dm2
Cr  Ⅲ0.02mg/dm2
Cr  ⅥN.D.
13RubberOverall  Migration10mg/dm2 or 60mg/kgBfR Recommendation  XXI
Formaldehyde3 ug/mLBfR Recommendation  XXI
Primary  Aromatic Amines(PAA)0.05mg/kgBfR Recommendation  XXI
Total  Zinc & Total LeadTotal Lead: 0.003%  (Cat 1-3), 0.001% (special cat) Total Zinc: 3.0% (Cat 1-3), 1.0 % (special cat)BfR Recommendation  XXI
N-nitrosamines  and N-nitrosatable substancesN-nitrosamines:1μg/dm2
N-nitrosatable substances:10mg/dm2
BfR Recommendation  XXI


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