FDA Agrees to Reconsider Approval of 30 Phthalates Used in Food Packaging and Food Handling

FDA Agrees to Reconsider Approval of 30 Phthalates Used in Food Packaging and Food Handling

In response to a petition submitted by a number of environmental and public health organizations, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has agreed to review whether to revisit its approval of 30 ortho-phthalates from use in food packaging and food handling equipment. Ortho-phthalates are a class of chemically- and pharmacologically-related substances used as plasticizers, binders, coating agents, defoamers, gasket closures, and slimicide agents. They are used in cellophane, paper and paperboard, and plastics that come in contact with food. The FDA now has six months to determine if there is a “reasonable certainty of no harm” for the 30 ortho-phthalates. [4/15/16]

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