Food Safety: Packaging

Creme Global provide cutting edge models and services for the estimation and evaluation of substances migrating from plastic polymers.

Food contact materials include the packaging that food is sold in as well as articles that are designed to come into contact with food such as equipment in food production facilities and kitchen homeware. Contact with these items may be of concern from a chemical contamination perspective.

Materials may be sources of contamination in foods as a result of substances migrating from plastic polymers. Here at Creme Global, we provide migration and exposure models that are available to be used to estimate levels of migration from plastics and any subsequent exposure to a given consumer population. For more complex problems we offer bespoke model building tailored to your foods/materials of interest as well as professional services in this area.

As the technology partner in the renowned FACET project, as well as many other off-shoots of FACET and consultancy projects on the area of food contact, Creme Global have the required skills and experience to provide a scientifically sound assessment of your products’ safety.

Migration Modelling

The core of the migration model was created by Creme Global and was first used in FACET 3.0.2.; The version of FACET that has been available on the website of the Joint Research Center since April 2017. It simulates migration from a polymer into a food over time.

Benefits of modelling migration

  • Migration results are more refined than other worst case scenario approaches.
  • Tailor results to EU legislation.
  • Modelling migration helps with approvals.
  • Furnish specification documents to better qualify your product.


Exposure modelling

In European regulation, migration limits are expressed as a concentration (mg/kg) in food, however, in the USA, limits are expressed as population exposure. The assessment of a food contact material’s safety in terms of exposure in a population requires another layer of complexity in the form of consumption data and the association of migration levels with consumption data. This is also a core expertise held here at Creme Global.

Benefits of modelling exposure

  • Can be done without migration modeling.
  • Can be done using percentage migration levels.
  • Tailor results to FDA legislation.
  • Helps with approvals.
  • Furnish specification documents to better qualify your product.
  • We have consumption data.


Data services for packaging exposure

  • We have extensive experience collecting data to understand how chemicals are used.
  • Access our cleaned data including nationally representative consumption data from the US, EU, China, Brazil, Mexico, etc. Data on chemical concentration/ occurrence.
  • Simulate actual presence in a probabilistic manner to reflect actual consumer habits & practices.
  • For a product company to understand the impact of ingredient/additive usage in a product or packaging material our models allow you to simulate bespoke scenarios with and without the usage and compare the two.
  • You can work out consumer exposure to chemicals based on their uses (e.g. adhesives, plastics etc) by using our models to simulate exposure based on natural survey data and collected data.
  • Use bespoke analysis to determine intakes per age, sex, BMI, health status including pregnancy and smoking. Analysis can easily identify who are the high-risk consumers with the highest exposures.

Technical Services

  • Use our in-house expert team of food and data scientists to address specific questions relevant to you.
  • Avail of custom and bespoke statistical analyses and exploratory model development.
  • Partner with us on scientific analysis, expert elicitation, literature reviews and scientific publication writing.

We Work With


  • “Leading global companies in multiple industries rely on our models and software”

12 of the top 15 food companies, 7 of the top 10 cosmetics and personal care companies, and 6 of the top 10 chemicals companies use our software to better understand their products and their impact on consumers.


  • “Regulators across 3 continents deploy our safety platforms in decision making”

Governments use our software to aid in creating regulations and in communicating with industry on safety. Our platforms give a shared point of reference.


  • “Leading academic institutes are our partners in research”

Academia use our software to greatly increase the speed and viability of research projects into food safety, nutrition and human health. Our platforms are flexible, allowing for a broad range of applications in research.


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FACET is a publicly available exposure assessment software system which will estimate exposure to flavours and additives from foods, beverages, and food contact materials across Europe.