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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Inventory of Effective Food Contact Substance (FCS) Notifications

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FCN No. 379

Arakawa Chemical Industries, Ltd.

According to Section 409(h)(1)(C) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, food contact substance notifications (FCNs) are effective only for the listed manufacturer and its customers. Other manufacturers must submit their own FCN for the same food contact substance and intended use.
Food Contact Substance: Aromatic petroleum hydrocarbon resin, hydrogenated (CAS Reg. No. 88526-47-0), produced by the catalytic polymerization of aromatic substituted olefins from low boiling distillates of cracked petroleum stocks with a boiling point no greater that 220°C (428°F), and the subsequent catalytic reduction of the resulting aromatic petroleum hydrocarbon resin.
Notifier: Arakawa Chemical Industries, Ltd.
Manufacturer/Supplier: Arakawa Chemical Industries, Ltd.
Intended Use: As a component of polymer blends intended for use as films and coatings that consist predominantly of ethylene vinyl acetate copolymer.
Limitations/Specifications: The finished resin has a minimum softening point of 110°C (230°F) as determined by ASTM Method E 28-67 (Re-approved 1982). "Standard Test Method for Softening Point by Ring-and-Ball Apparatus", and a minimum aniline point of 107°C (224.5°F) as determined by ASTM Method D 611-82, "Standard Test Methods for Aniline Point and Mixed Aniline Point of Petroleum Products and Hydrocarbon Solvents." At least 50 percent by weight of the polymer components in the finished food-contact articles other than the FCS will consist of ethylene vinyl acetate. The FCS may be present at levels up to 20 percent by weight of the finished food-contact articles with a thickness not to exceed 30 microns (1.2 mils). Alternatively, the polymer blend may be used in thicker films and coatings provided the quantity of the FCS in the finished article does not exceed 3.6 mg per square inch. The finished article will contact food types III, IV-A, V, VII-A, and IX under Conditions of Use B through H as defined in Tables 1 and 2.
Effective Date: Jan 7, 2004
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)** Submission: Environmental Assessment (in PDF, 377 kB)
FDA Decision: Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)