Food Contact Testing

Food contact testing ensures that the materials used in food contact applications — such as packaging, utensils and manufacturing equipment — do not detrimentally impact the food products they’re in contact with.

Our expert team offers a comprehensive range of analytical testing and consultative support for a wide range of materials and applications, including plastics, papers and board, coatings, and printing inks.

We help our clients demonstrate material compliance for food contact use, register new food contact substances, and resolve issues commonly associated with food contact materials; these problems include contaminants, taints and packaging performance. 

Food Contact Testing at Smithers

Chemical Analysis

Using various analytical techniques our experts can assess a range of food contact materials. We help our clients: 

  • Demonstrate compliance through migration testing 
  • Identify contaminants and packaging structures 
  • Comply with ink migration requirements
  • Material characterisation

Migration Testing >

Regulatory Support

Food packaging legislation is complex, with important differences between geographic regions. We have over 30 years’ experience helping our clients comply with legislation around the globe and can help you prove compliance with the appropriate food contact legislation in the jurisdictions where it exists. Areas include the EU, individual European countries, the USA, Canada, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, China, South East Asia, India and Israel. 

We can provide advice and training to help you understand requirements, and support your application with testing and technical consultancy to guide you through the compliance process.

We can also help clients register new food contact substances to enable their legal use in Europe and the USA. 

Food Contact Regulations >  


We provide an independent opinion to help solve food contact problems, including:

  • identifying the root cause of packaging taint
  • assessing recycled materials for food contact applications
  • contaminant analysis 

We are also able to provide an expert witness service to assist clients with packaging-related disputes. 

Investigations >