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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. 545

BASF Corporation and Nature Works LLC

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: Styrene (CAS Reg. No. 100-42-5), methyl methacrylate (CAS Reg. No. 80-62-6) and glycidyl methacrylate (CAS Reg. No. 1-6-91-2) copolymers.
Notifier: BASF Corporation and Nature Works LLC
Manufacturer/Supplier: BASF Corporation and Nature Works LLC
Intended Use: The FCS will be used as a polymeric chain extender in the manufacture of polylactide polymers in contact with all food types (except in foods with an alcohol content greater than 15 percent) and under Conditions of Use E through G.
Limitations/Specifications: The FCS shall be used at a maximum level of 0.2 percent by weight of polylactide polymers complying with FCNs 178 and 475.
Effective Date: Feb 3, 2006
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)** Submission: Environmental Assessment (in PDF, 531 kB)
FDA Decision: Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)