Perstorp’s Pevalen obtains FDA compliance use in food contact applications

Perstorp’s Pevalen obtains FDA compliance for use in food contact applications

5:13 AM, 20th April 2017
Perstorp’s Pevalen obtains FDA compliance for use in food contact applications
Perstorp’s Pevalen non-phthalate PVC plasticizer obtains FDA compliance for key food contact applications.

PERSTORP, SWEDEN: Perstorp has obtained independent expert opinion advising that its Pevalen non-phthalate polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plasticiser can be used in important food contact applications in US. The advice, from an international law firm that has expert knowledge in food contact legislation, said that Pevalen is suitable for use at levels up to 32 percent in PVC intended to produce conveyor belts and gloves used in meat and poultry processing facilities, as well as in tablecloths.

Pevalen (chemical name pentaerythritol tetravalerate, PETV) is already used in numerous close-to-consumer applications that do not involve food contact.

In a letter to Perstorp, the law firm wrote: “Based on the information you have provided, as well as other publicly available information and data, it is our opinion that sufficient scientific evidence supports the conclusion that the intended uses of the Pevalen are GRAS [Generally Regarded As Safe] and that Pevalen may be lawfully used as intended without obtaining prior approval from, or notifying, FDA.”

“This is an important development, especially as true non-phthalate plasticisers are increasingly in demand for food contact applications. We shall soon be applying for FDA approval for the use of Pevalen in a wider range of uses. This GRAS notification will enable us to enter the US market for food contact applications in PVC ahead of FDA approval,” said Dr David Bray, VP – BU plasticisers at Perstorp.

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