The FDA is studying the problem of recycled plastic in food packaging. They have provided new “guidance” to industry

Published: 22 August 2006
Category: Recycling

Guidance for Industry Use of Recycled Plastics in Food Packaging: Chemistry Considerations 8/22/06 Office of Food Additive Safety Division of Food Contact Notifications HFS-275

“It is possible, however, that traces of a toxic substance could be carried through a 2° or 3° recycling process, become a part of the packaging, and migrate into food in contact with the packaging. Although subsequent recycling of the packaging will result in dilution of the toxin, a very low steady-state concentration of certain toxins could conceivably develop in the recycled material over the long term. Therefore, there is a potential for a consumer to be exposed to low concentrations of a particular toxin over a long period of time. In order to develop a recommendation for the maximum acceptable level(s) of residual contaminants in the recycled material, FDA has considered the question of risk in a probabilistic way rather than on a compound-by-compound basis.”

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