A food contact testis a test related to a container or product that will have contact with food. The main purpose of the test is to see if there is any harmful substance released to the food and if there is any impact on the taste. The tests involve soaking the container with different types of liquid for a period of time and temperature tests.
For silicone products, there are mainly two standards, one is LFGB food grade, another is FDA food grade. Silicone products that pass either one of these tests are safe for human use. In terms of pricing, products in LFGB standard will be more expensive than FDA standard, so FDA is more widely used. This is because LFGB method of testing is more comprehensive and strict.
Different countries have different standards that silicone products must meet to be deemed safe for human use when in contact with food.
For example, in the US & Australia, the minimum standard for silicone products is ‘FDA’ testing (Food & Drug Administration standard).
Silicone products sold in Europe except for Germany & France must meet the European Food Contact Regulations – 1935/2004/EC.
Silicone products sold in Germany & France must meet ‘LFGB’ testing regulations which is the toughest of all standards – this type of silicone material must pass more intensive testing, is of a better quality and is therefore more expensive. It is also known as ‘Platinum Silicone’.
Health Canada states:
Silicone is a synthetic rubber which contains bonded silicon (a natural element which is very abundant in sand and rock) and oxygen. Cookware made from food grade silicone has become popular in recent years because it is colorful, nonstick, stain-resistant, hard-wearing, cools quickly, and tolerates extremes of temperature. There are no known health hazards associated with use of silicone cookware.Silicone rubber does not react with food or beverages, or produce any hazardous fumes.
So In Summary …
Even though both FDA & LFGB approved silicone is considered food safe, silicone that has passed LFGB testing is definitely a better quality silicone resulting in greater durability and less foul silicone odour and taste.
Manufacturers will use different quality silicone material depending on their customer’s requirements i.e. whether they require FDA or LFGB approved silicone – which will depend on where the customer plans to sell their silicone products and also to what level of quality they want to offer their customers.
We, yongli have both FDA and LFGB standard to suit different market, and our product can accept tests and inspections. We will do three times inspections since the goods begin to produce to ensure the products have no defects in usage.
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