The French manufacturer of food containersfor more than 75 years

What does ˝food compliance˝ mean? How to understand the regulations, decipher the pictograms and get to grips with the HACCP approach… GILAC helps you to better understand food safety and make sure you are complying with the law.

Terms you need to know

Food contact compliance:

A material’s ability to come into contact with a foodstuff without creating interacting with it, in other words, without the material’s molecules migrating towards the foodstuff in question.

Miigration testing:

Tests that measure the inertness of the packaging material that has been certified for food contact by analyzing the eventual component transfer from the material to the food. For plastic materials, two types of migration tests have been established:

- The Overall Migration test applies to the sum of all substances that can migrate from the food contact material to the food (or food simulant). .
- The Specific Migration test applies to an individual substance and is based on toxicological studies researching the precise amount of the molecule that migrates into the foodstuff under certain conditions.

Example of overall migration test for GILAC HACCP containers G119511, G119611, G119711, G119811, G119911: migration by simulating acetic acid 3% at 100°C for 2hrs, migration by simulating vegetal oil at 121°C for 1hrs, migration by simulating ethanol 10% at 100°C for 2hrs (in compliance with EUR 1935/2004 and EN10/2011 standards).

Global migration analyses

SimulantsTimes in hrsTemperature in °CMg/dm3 limit
B 2 100 10
A 2 100 10
D2 1 121 10

Migration analyses of restricted substances

NamesCAS - EINECS - PM identificationSimulantTime in daysTemperature in °CMg/kg limit
Phtalates DBP, BBP, DEHP, DINP+DIDP, DAP B 10 60 Fct des phtalates
aromatiques primaires
B 10 60 0,01
Métaux Al, Ba, Co, Cu, Fe, Li Mn, Zn, Ni B 10 60 Fct des métaux
n° 740 B 10 60 3

Food contact compliance certificate:

Declaration attesting to the conformity of the product purchased, according to European rules and regulations that are specific to France, concerning the material and objects that come into contact with foodstuffs. This global document not only groups together all the migration tests, but also ensures compliance with other aspects, such as no Bisphenol, not even at trace level contaminants

The food contact compliance certificate in practice...

GILAC provides you with a food contact compliance certificate, in accordance with French and European rules and regulations for each product concerned, including the overall and specific migration tests. These can be downloaded on the website. Example of a food contact compliance certificate

The only way of ensuring that you are within the law is to ask GILAC for a complete food contact compliance certificate as well as the specific and overall migration tests carried out by a European Union certified independent French laboratory. This certificate is proof of your supplier’s commitment to the law.

Pictogram glossary

Items manufactured in France
Items manufactured in France
Item that can be customised
Item that can be customised with different colours using one of the techniques presented on the customisation page
Product that facilitates the HACCP method
Product that facilitates the HACCP method
HACCP: Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point. Systematic preventative approach to food safety
HDPE: moulded product in HDPE
HDPE: moulded product in HDPE that can be used between -40° and +90° C.
See the “materials used” table for details
PP: product moulded in PP
PP: product moulded in PP that can be used between -20° and +90°C. See the “materials used” table for details
LDPE: product moulded in LDPE
LDPE: product moulded in LDPE that can be used between -15° and +60°C.
See the “materials used” table for details
Certified product>  in compliance with migration food contact tests
Certified product in compliance with migration food contact tests
Suitable for food contact
Suitable for food contact
Biocide effect
Biocide effect on stems as suggested by the European regulation 2073 / 2005 / EC All details of the Sanitized process can be found on the presentation page of our GILACTIV range
All our products are BPA free
All our products are BPA free
Stainless steel product
Stainless steel product
Stackable & NestableStackable & NestableStackable & Nestable
Stackable / Nestable / Stackable & Nestable

Information on raw materials used

GILAC products are for professional use and have been designed using plastic deemed most suitable for each type of use. It is understood that these products must be used in accordance with good hygiene practices in order to reduce the dangers linked to food safety. They must also be used properly under normal use conditions, complying with set temperature ranges, volume and load capacity etc. following table lists the materials used by GILAC:

AbbreviationMaterialDensityTemperatureElasticity moduleShore D Hardness
PEBD Low density Polyethylene 0,91-0,93 g/cm3 -15°C << +60°C 200-300 MPa 40 - 47
PEHD High density Polyethylene 0,94-0,965 g/cm3 -40°C << +90°C 800-1200 MPa 68
PP Polypropylene 0,90-092 g/cm3 -20°C << +90°C 600-1500 MPa 69
PS Polystyrene 1,04 g/cm3 -40°C << +60°C 1700 MPa 73 - 99

*All information is for reference only in standard conditions of use. The temperature ranges indicated are for generic materials related to exposure times and may vary substantially depending on the material references used. Please contact GILAC for specific use. Users shall be wholly responsible for the use of all GILAC products.