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Food Contamination by Packaging

Migration of Chemicals from Food Contact Materials

The migration of substances from packaging to food is a matter of concern for the food safety authorities, and packaging materials constitute a potential source of contaminants to which the consumer will be exposed to through their diet. A huge variety of substances can be present in packaging materials, which could consequently migrate into food and represent a risk to consumer health. Food Contamination by Packaging provides an overview of the main packaging contaminants including Bisphenol A, melamine, phthalates, alternative plasticisers, photoinitiators, perfluorochemicals, saturated and aromatic hydrocarbons (mineral oil saturated hydrocarbons and mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbons) from mineral oils, other bisphenol-related compounds, nanoparticles, primary aromatic amines and nonintentionally added substances. The analytical techniques used for their determination are reviewed. This book will be of interest to students and researchers in universities and research institutions associated with food packaging and, in general, to the food safety sector.

- Describes migration from packaging into food of toxic compounds such as bisphenol A or plasticizers

- Estimation of exposure to migrants from food contact materials

Author Information

Ana Rodríguez, Antía Lestido, Raquel Sendón, Verónica García, University of Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.


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Audience: Researchers, Students, and Professionals in Chemistry, Material Sciences and Toxicology.