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No Objection Letter for Recycled Plastics 209

Return to inventory: Submissions on Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) Plastics for Food-Contact Articles

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March 22, 2018

Frank Welle, Ph.D.
Fraunhofer-Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging (IVV)
Giggenhauser Straße 35
85354 Freising

Re: Prenotification Consultation PNC 2121

Dear Dr. Welle:

This letter is in response to your electronic submission (PNC 2121), received on December 5, 2017, requesting on behalf of Reifenhäuser Cast Sheet Coating GmbH & Co. KG (Reifenhäuser), a letter of no objection, confirming the capability of Reifenhäuser's secondary recycling process (a so-called as “super clean” process) in cleaning and producing post-consumer recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PCR-PET) material that is suitable for food-contact. The PCR-PET material is intended for use at levels of up to 100% recycled content in manufacturing PET sheets for use in production of PET containers that may contact all food types under Conditions of Use C-G, as described in Tables 1 and 2, which can be accessed from the Internet in the Ingredients, Packaging & Labeling section under the Food topic at www.fda.gov.

We have reviewed the proposed recycling process as well as the information you obtained from surrogate testing and migration modeling, which were submitted to demonstrate the capability of the proposed recycling process in removing potential contaminants from PCR-PET. Based on our review of these data, we have determined that the proposed recycling process, as described in the subject submission, is effective in reducing potential contaminants from PCR-PET material to levels that do not migrate to food at a dietary concentration exceeding 0.5 ppb, FDA's threshold of regulatory concern. Therefore, we concluded that the PCR-PET produced from the proposed recycling process may be used under the intended use conditions, as described above. This determination covers the use of PCR-PET derived from the feedstock that consists of food and non-food PET containers, which comply with 21 CFR § 177.1630 (polyethylene phthalate polymers) and other applicable authorizations. The feedstock excludes industrial/chemical containers. If the proposed recycling process is modified, new data may need to be re-revaluated.

The PCR-PET material should comply with all other applicable authorizations, including 21 CFR § 174.5 - General provisions applicable to indirect food additives. For example, in accordance with section 402(a)(3) of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, use of the recycled material should not impart odor or taste to food rendering it unfit for human consumption.

If you have any further questions concerning this matter, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Vanee Komolprasert, Ph.D., P.E.
Consumer Safety Officer
Division of Food Contact Notifications, HFS-275
Office of Food Additive Safety
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

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