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FDA is Revoking Food Additive Approval for the Use of Perchlorate in Sealing Gaskets for Food Containers Because its Use Has Been Abandoned

FDA is Revoking Food Additive Approval for the Use of Perchlorate in Sealing Gaskets for Food Containers Because its Use Has Been Abandoned

Constituent Update

May 3, 2017

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is amending the food additive regulations to revoke the use of potassium perchlorate as a component in sealing gaskets for food containers, such as those used in the lids of glass containers, because industry has abandoned this use.

The FDA is taking this action in response to a food additive petition filed by the Society of the Plastics Industry, which provided sufficient information to support its claim that the use of this compound has been abandoned by industry. FDA’s action means that use of potassium perchlorate covered by the regulation in in 21 CFR 177.1210 is no longer authorized.

This action removes potassium perchlorate from the list of substances authorized by the regulations in 21 CFR 177.1210. If in the future a manufacturer wanted to use this substance for such use, we would expect the manufacturer to submit a Food Contact Notification or a food additive petition to the agency.  

The final rule includes a 30-day period to file objections by any person adversely affected by this action. Objections can be submitted electronically to the FDA docket FDA-2016-F-1805.

To submit objections by mail, send to FDA at:

Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305)
Food and Drug Administration
5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061
Rockville, MD 20852

All objections must include the agency name and docket number.  

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