Phthalates are a group of chemicals that are mainly used as plasticisers for polymers. Some phthalates are regulated in the EU in the form of specific migration limits for food contact materials, whereas other jurisdictions have set maximum limits in food.
The JRC has optimised and in-house validated an analytical approach to assess the presence and amounts of 16 phthalates in wine and spirits. The detection and assay of these compounds became recently necessary to resolve and avoid disputes regarding food commodities in international trade. The standard operating procedure is available since today from this website.