FPF: Database on Migrating and Extractable Food Contact Chemicals (FCCmigex)

The Food Packaging Forum has launched a first-of-its-kind database that provides an overview of the chemicals used in food contact materials, and could help scientists and lawmakers to identify chemicals in FCMs. The FCCmigex database (Database on Migrating and Extractable Food Contact Chemicals) “systematically maps” the evidence of food contact chemicals (FCCs) that have been measured in FCMs and articles through migration experiments or from extraction tests on the packaging itself.

Researchers from the Food Packaging Forum and 8 academic institutions analysed 1,210 scientific studies to compile the database. More than 3,000 FCCs were identified, with the chemicals most frequently detected in food contact materials and articles being: phthalates DEHP, DBP, and DiBP; bisphenol A; and mineral oil saturated hydrocarbons.

The launch of the database was accompanied by a release of a peer-reviewed paper outlining the findings of the scientific study overview.