We need to start talking about food migration

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We need to start talking about food migration

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We need to start talking about food migration


Food safety is no laughing matter. When it comes to the safety of consumers, it is crucial to take every measure necessary to ensure they are getting quality, safe products. Packaging plays a part and is no exception.

With a wide variety of packages containing plastic-based films, coatings, etc., many customers are concerned about the potential for those materials to mingle with their food. Nobody wants plastic interfering with their favourite roast.

Take OvenRite® dual-ovenable films, for example. Some customers are worried about the safety of cooking meat within its pack. However, products like Bemis OvenRite® have gone through extensive testing to make sure every supermarket retailer has a safe package on the market.

Let’s break down the science for a minute: OvenRite® is made from specialist high temperature resistant non-polyolefin materials. That means it has to undergo a range of different tests specified by the EU Commission that deal with the worst case conditions for food in direct contact with the plastics. If there is a certain level of migration between the plastic and the food, it’s game over. No problem, OvenRite® passes with flying colours. That means it can be used with all food types at high temperatures and for long term storage.

Basically, migration testing isn’t something that you can just get average marks on – you want the highest grade on that test possible to make sure you are getting safe to eat meat on your plate when you take the meal out of the oven. Convenient and rooted in science, what more could you want?

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