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Food contact materials

Neutrality in all questions of taste and odor

Plastic boxes

In order to guarantee the marketability of food contact materials, it must be ensured that these neither release any harmful substances into the food nor influence its taste or flavor in an undesirable way.

DEKRA supports producers, importers and retailers by offering a comprehensive range of tests and analysis – no matter whether it is about initial samplings or goods-in inspections, conformity tasks or quality assurance. As a neutral, independent laboratory service provider, we are also there for you in an advisory capacity, for example when creating a testing schedule or for customized training courses. We deliver exact, comprehensible results – in a quick and reliable way.

We test these product groups for you:

  • Plastic and foil products
  • Small and large electrical appliances
  • Metal, glass, ceramic and wood products

Our testing and analysis services cover:

  • Sensory testing
  • Harmful substances analysis
  • NIAS screening / Bisphenol A
  • Requirements according to the German Commodities Ordinance (BedGgstV) and the Food and Feed Code (LFGB)
  • Regulations (EU) No.10/2011 and (EC) 1935/2004
  • Country-specific regulations (France, USA, Italy)
  • Cross-checking experts
  • BfR recommendations on materials which come into contact with food
  • We are pleased about your interest in our laboratory services.
  • Film products and plastic bags: Chemical and mechanical testing from one source

DEKRA employee testing mechanical sample

Save yourself time and resources and leave the necessary testing of your products to the DEKRA experts: we can be your one source to perform the mechanical as well as the chemical tests.

We test these product groups for you:

  • Household foils such as cling film, tin foil
  • Paper items such as baking parchment, kitchen towels, serviettes, coffee filters
  • Bags such as freezer bags, breakfast bags, bin bags, shopping bags
  • Gloves made from nitrile, latex and vinyl

Test spectrum

Mechanical tests:

  • Surface weight
  • Dimensions (thickness, quantity, roll weight, length/width)
  • Tear resistance lengthwise/crosswise (wet tensile strength lengthwise/crosswise)
  • Elongation at break lengthwise/crosswise
  • Dart drop
  • Bottom and side seam strength
  • Leakage resistance
  • Temperature behavior

Chemical tests:

  • Sensory testing
  • Overall migrations
  • Metallography
  • Primary aromatic amines
  • BfR recommendations on materials which come into contact with food
  • Color fastness
  • Specific paper product parameters (glyoxal, DIPN, PCP, optical brighteners, etc.)


DEKRA Automobil GmbH

Handwerkstr. 17

70565 Stuttgart


Laboratory for environmental and product analysis

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