Malcolm Driffield

Malcolm manages a team that carries out projects involving food contact materials (FCMs) and migration.

Malcolm Driffield

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  • Area of expertise
    Analysis of substances found in food contact materials, (NIAS) and analytical method development and validation
  • Years of experience
  • Highest qualification

Malcolm manages a team that carries out projects involving food contact materials (FCMs) and migration. The majority of this work involves managing the delivery of research and development projects involving non-targeted analysis using state-of-the-art equipment, with a particular focus on investigations into the determination (identification and quantification) of non-intentionally added substances (NIAS). One of the main aims of the team is to make the complicated process of NIAS determination more efficient and in synch with customer requirements and regulatory demands.

More about food packaging analysis

At Fera we carry out food packaging testing and contact materials testing to ensure that your products comply with the appropriate regulations for food contact materials. Our work involves research, surveillance and targeted and non targeted analysis of known and unknown migrants.

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Latest Papers and Articles

M. Driffield, E.L. Bradley, L. Castle (2016) Safety assessment of food contact materials: The role of high-resolution mass spectrometry in the comprehensive analysis of the total migrate. Thermo White Paper.

L. Bengtstrom, X. Trier, L.K. Jensen, K. Granby, C. Taxvig, A-M. Vinggaard, M. Driffield and J.H. Petersen (2016) Non-targeted screening for contaminants in paper and board food contact materials using effect directed analysis and accurate mass spectrometry. Food Additives and Contaminants, 33, 6, 1-14.

J. Maia, A.R. de Quirós, R. Sendón, J.M. Cruz, A. Seiler, R. Franz, C. Simoneau, L. Castle, M. Driffield, P. Mercea, P. Oldring, P. Paseiro (2016) The determination of key diffusion and partition parameters and their use in migration modelling of benzophenone from low density polyethylene (LDPE) into different foodstuffs. Food Additives and Contaminants, 33, 4, 715-724.

M. Driffield, E.L. Bradley, L. Castle, A.S. Lloyd, M. Parmar, D.R. Speck, D.P.T. Roberts, S. Stead (2015) Use of ASAP-TOF-MS to screen for plasticisers in gaskets used in contact with foods. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 29, 1603-1610.

M. Driffield, E.L. Bradley, I. Leon, L. Lister, D.R. Speck, L. Castle, E.L.J. Potter (2014) Analytical screening studies on irradiated food packaging. Food Additives and Contaminants, 31, 3, 556-565.

A. Seiler, A. Bach, M. Driffield, P. Paseiro, P. Mercea, V. Tosa, R. Franz (2014) Correlation of foodstuff with ethanol-water mixtures with regard to solubility of migrants from food contact material. Food Additives and Contaminants, 31, 3, 498-511.Events Past & Future

Events past and future

20th - 21st June 2018: 7th International Fresenius Conference "Residues of Food Contact Materials in Food", Leonardo Royal Hotel Köln - Am Stadtwald, Cologne/Germany

21st - 22nd June 2017: 6th International Fresenius Conference "Residues of Food Contact Materials in Food", Park Inn by Radisson Köln City West, Cologne/Germanyevent

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Malcolm and his team work with customers to deliver the following services within Fera...

Targeted and non-targeted analysis of substances found in, and migrating from, food packaging and food contact materials. Determination of non-intentionally added substances (NIAS). Analytical method development and validation.

Non-Intentionally Added Substances

Non-Intentionally Added Substances (NIAS) are chemical compounds that are present in food contact material but have not been added for a technical reason during the production process.

Contaminant Testing

Our experts focus on the scientific research relating to intentionally added food components and to those arising from chemical changes during food processing, bioactive chemicals and natural toxicants.

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Authenticity Testing

Fera's analysts use industry leading techniques and cutting edge technologies to ensure compliance with food safety regulations, protecting public health and traceability.

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