Institut Kirchhoff Berlin GmbH


In general language usage, utensils could be regarded as ‘objects that are used on a day-to-day basis’. But our focus is on food utensils; this means materials and objects that come into contact with foodstuffs or have an effect on them. When inspecting utensils that come into contact with food, the most important thing to consider is the transfer (migration) of ingredients or contaminants into the food. At the moment, the following analyses in particular are carried out at the Institut Kirchhoff Berlin GmbH:

  • Mineral oil content of papers and cardboard/Migration of mineral oils into foodstuffs
  • Migration of plasticisers, especially phthalates, from packaging materials
  • Determining total migrations from plastic utensils that come into contact with food
  • Examining specific migration from plastic objects that come into contact with food
  • Barrier tests of packaging materials
  • Identification of plastics
  • Determination of microbiological impurities from utensils
  • Sensory properties of utensils coming into contact with foodstuffs, as well as test foodstuffs after contact with the utensil under defined conditions

When undertaking legal analyses, the relevant EC directives as well as national legislation is taken into account. The two EC directives that play the greatest role are 1935/2004 on materials and objects that are intended to come into contact with foodstuffs, and 10/2011 on plastic materials and objects that are intended to come into contact with foodstuffs. The analyses also draw on national regulations. In Germany, these include the Food Code, Consumer Products Code, Feed Code and Consumer Goods Ordinance, as well as other, partially interdisciplinary legal regulations, requirements and recommendations from public bodies. These include for example the REACH Directive, the Ordinance on Hazardous Substances, EC directives on toy safety as well as various EN and DIN standards.

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Institut Kirchhoff Berlin GmbH
Oudenarder Straße 16 / Carrée Seestraße
13347 Berlin-Mitte

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Telephone: +49 (0) 30 457 98 93-0
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E-mail: ed.ffohhcrik-tutitsni@BKI

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