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Research by the NRL on food contact substances

The main focus of research by the BfR National Reference Laboratory on food contact substances is the development and validation of chemical-analytical methods for determining migration and substance levels. It is currently working on the following topics:

  • Determination of plasticisers in lid sealing compounds
  • Determination of plasticisers in glass-packaged food
  • Determination of plasticisers in edible oil
  • Determination of plasticisers in spirits
  • Determination of perfluorinated compounds in consumer products and food
  • Studies on the migration of primary aromatic amines from kitchen utensils
  • Studies on the migration of formaldehyde from melamine formaldehyde resins.



Contact person
Dr. Torsten Bruhn (Head of)




Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR)
NRL for Food Contact Materials
Max-Dohrn-Str. 8-10
10589 Berlin

Reference Laboratory

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