There is not ONE type of food grade plastic, but SEVERAL…
Plastic is a generic term that is in fact used to regroup different materials. Food grade plastic is mainly comprised of polystyrene (PS), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polypropylene (PP), low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE). Each type of plastic exhibits many signifi cant technical specifi cations, including rigidity, impact resistance, transparency and temperature range for safe use. The type of material used to make the container must be approved for food contact and suitable for use with the product. If not, the container may warp and even become damaged to the point of no longer being suitable for food contact. Simply using plastic and dyes approved for food contact is not enough. The end product must also comply with safety standards! For more information on materials, go to the Information on raw materials used section
WARNING: you should not settle for the “approved for food contact “pictogram when buying a product made from food grade plastic. Request a certificate stating food contact compliance that mentions the materials used, provides information on product testing and guarantees compliance with current regulations. Each GILAC product concerned has been created using the approved material following strict guidelines and has been subjected to migration tests carried out by a European Union certified independent French laboratory.
Migration testing – mandatory, little-known but essential
To check that a container is deemed suitable for food contact in different conditions of use, it must be subjected to tests carried out with 3 simulants (acetic acid, ethanol and vegetable oil). These tests must cover all types of food products and respect the anticipated operational conditions of time and temperature. This process is vital when ensuring that a container is to be food contact approved. For more information on the migration testing, go to the Terms you need to know section.
WARNING: make sure when buying any product approved for food contact, that it comes with a food contact compliance certificate based on migration testing. GILAC can provide testing information on each product concerned if necessary.
French legislation is stricter than EU legislation
Bisphenol A (BPA) is an organic synthetic aromatic compound. Already listed as a "substance of very high concern" by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), it was recognised as an endochrine disruptor on 16/06/2017. However, this did not prevent it from being used on a European level. (NB: endochrine disruptors are chemicals that can interfere with hormone systems at certain doses and may be harmful to health). French legislation has gone one step further by placing a total ban on the presence of Bisphenol A since 1 January 2015 (article n° 2010-729 30 June 2010 amended by article n°2012- 1442 24 December 2015 – the legal document may be consulted on www.economie. gouv.fr/dgccrf). l'EFSA (European Safety Authority) has subsequently tightened the restrictions applicable to BPA (regulation 2018/213). We have not heard the last of BPA.
WARNING: when buying a product that is not made in France, you run the risk of buying a product containing Bisphenol A, which is partly allowed in containers in Europe but strictly prohibited in France. Exercise caution and request proof that no Bisphenol A has been used. GILAC guarantees that all its products are totally Bisphenol A-free.