Non-Intentionally Added Substances (NIAS) are chemical compounds that are present in food contact material but have not been added for a technical reason during the production process.
Fera is the UK National Reference Laboratory for Materials and Articles in Contact with Food. Our staff are experts in policy and legislation in this area as well as in analysis of migrating substances from these materials or articles. We develop and validate methods using advanced analytical technologies for a variety of FCM related substances. Our expertise in this area focuses on research, surveillance and targeted and non-targeted analysis of known and unknown migrants in food contact materials and articles, foods and food simulants, providing solutions for the challenges faced in the complex food supply chain that exists.
What are IAS? (Intentionally Added Substances)
IAS are known ingredients from food contact materials which can migrate such as monomers, catalysts, solvents, suspension media, additives, etc. Fera can test the migration of IAS into food simulants and foodstuffs to confirm compliance with Regulatory migration limits.
What are NIAS? (Non-Intentionally Added Substances)
NIAS are known or unknown isomers, impurities, reaction products and breakdown product of these ingredients as well as possible contaminants from the manufacturing process such as recycled materials, irradiated materials or contamination from indirect food contact sources such as printing inks, external coatings, adhesives, secondary packaging. Fera has extensive experience in the detection and measurement of NIAS in a range of material types and their migration into food simulants and foodstuffs. Close working relationships between FCM manufacturers and Analytical Laboratory allows an iterative process during new product development ensuring better understanding of components of ingredients, ideally leading to more 'predictable' NIAS.
Dr Malcolm Driffield is a real expert in his field of NIAS (Non-Intentionally Added Substances)/IAS (Intentionally Added Substances) in food contact materials in foodstuffs will be speaking.
Dr Malcolm Driffield is a recognised expert on the advanced analytical approaches for the determination of IAS and NIAS from food contact materials. At Fera we
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