Food Contact / Kitchenware Quality Management

Food Contact / Kitchenware Quality Management

All products that enter in contact with food may release harmful substances during their usage; thus assessing the risk of compliance issues and complying with the applicable regulations is a must for any brands, importers or retailers. Heat, cold, lubricants and water can affect the consistency of the product and can create conditions conducive to chemicals migration into the food product and contaminate the food they come into contact with, creating risks for consumer health.

How can consumers be sure that the food container where they are storing their food is safe? Or that the mug where they are drinking their coffee is not releasing harmful chemicals? The kitchen utensils and cookware industry is highly regulated, with strict safety standards to ensure the health and safety of consumers. API laboratories can test according to the relevant directives to maintain chemical and physical safety as well as testing with specific protocols to ensure performance and fit-for-use.

The rules to follow depend on the material and country. For example, items sold in the EU and the US must comply with regulations such as the EC No. 1935/2004 in the EU or the FDA 21 CFR in the US, which cover the most common materials such as plastics, silicone and rubbers, metals and alloys, ceramics, wood, paper and board, varnishing and end coating, and more.

Cookware and kitchenware tests that API provides

Our accredited laboratories can evaluate inertness (that is having only a limited ability to react chemically) as well as the composition of the food-contact materials. API can help you assess whether the related materials are in compliance with your market destination directives for materials such as:

  • Plastic
  • Ceramic
  • Metals
  • Glass
  • Paper
  • Wood

API provides support as well with mechanical risks to respond to fatigue, corrosion, heat resistance, thermal hazards, etc. 

API Cookware and kitchenware quality management

Some of the applicable food contact directives

API can provide support as well with the additional requirements of some countries such as France, Germany and Italy.

Food Contact Key European Directive

  • All materials – Framework regulation EC1935/2004
  • Additional regulations apply at European level for some specific the materials such as ceramics (Directive 84/500/EEC as amended by Directive 2005/31/EC), plastics (Regulation (EU) No 10/2011) or elastomers and rubbers (93/11/EEC). 

United States Requirements

  • US legislation for food contact materials is governed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Ceramic and glass materials in California are impacted by California Proposition 65

API Cookware and kitchenware quality management - Factory Quality Profile

Audit: Evaluating the factory from which you are sourcing cookware and kitchenware

Ensuring you work with the right suppliers and maintain strict controls throughout product development and manufacturing is also critical. It is vital to understand each factory’s capacities, the origin of the materials used, and that the design is being precisely followed. To improve overall product quality, a factory audit can help you understand and optimize a factory’s capabilities, including:

Why entrust API with your food contact product quality control?

  • Because we provide a broad range of testing solutions to comply with your market destination standards. 
  • Because we are constantly building our capabilities to meet all the market needs. 
  • Because we put in place tailor-made solutions adapted to your needs. 
  • Because we are endorsed by the key sector players: leading distributors such as the world’s second-largest mass-market retailer rely on API for their food contact products.