Formaldehyde in Food Contact Material Report by Nick Boley
July 24, 2012, 15:27
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The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (ICHP) have published their report on a proficiency test (PT) carried out in 2011 for the measurement of formaldehyde in food contact materials. 67 laboratories from across the EU took part.

The determination of formaldehyde in food contact materials has been prominent recently due to the melamine issue in China, and screening for formaldehyde in melamine kitchen ware from China has increased in the last 2 years. The Government Chemist, under its statutory function, has seen a small number of cases in this area in 2012 as referee analyst, and work is ongoing to improve methods of measurement for formaldehyde in a number of matrices, including kitchenware.

The results indicated that approximately 10% of laboratories performed poorly in the test with Z scores greater than |3|.




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