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Homeware food contact testing

Products that come into contact with food must not transfer materials onto the food that will affect its taste or quality.

To make sure this doesn’t happen, the products must be rigorously tested.

During testing, the product is exposed to a range of food simulants. Contact tests are carried out at high temperatures and over long periods of time.

They check for the release of specific metals, specific monomers and restricted phthalates.

In the EU these requirements for plastic items are governed by commission regulations 10/2011EU, as amended.


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Food safe ceramic cookware and tableware

Ceramics intended for contact with food are heavily regulated.

These regulations also apply to glassware, glass ceramic ware and vitreous enamel ware.

  • In the EU they are governed by the EU Directive 2005/31EC
  • And, in England, the regulations are adapted in Statutory Instrument 2006 No 1179, The Ceramic Articles in Contact with Food (England) Regulations.
  • BS6748 is standard applied for UK etc

For your peace of mind, we are UKAS accredited for BS6748: 1986 +A1: 20011, which means we can test for compliance with all of the above regulations.

US standards

We are also UKAS accredited to test for compliance with US standards.

This covers:

    • ASTM C738 – Lead and cadmium from glazed ceramic surfaces
    • ASTM C927 – Lead and cadmium extracted from lip and rim areas of glass and ceramic ware


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