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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. 1701

Tata Steel IJmuiden B.V.; Tata Steel UK Ltd; thyssenkrupp Rasselstein GmbH

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: Chromium metal, chromium (III) oxide, chromium (III) hydroxide and chromium carbide material obtained by electrodeposition onto low carbon mild steel.
Notifier: Tata Steel IJmuiden B.V.
Manufacturer/Supplier: Tata Steel IJmuiden B.V.; Tata Steel UK Ltd; thyssenkrupp Rasselstein GmbH
Intended Use: The FCS is applied to a low carbon mild steel substrate for use in the manufacture of food-packaging articles.
Limitations/Specifications: The FCS may be applied at a level resulting in 100 to 250 milligrams total chromium per square meter of steel strip (0.065 mg/in2 - 0.16 mg/in2). a) For use with aqueous acidic food (pH below 5.0), the FCS will be top-coated with an FDA authorized thermoplastic polymer (e.g., polyethylene terephthalate polymer, PET) with a minimum thickness of 20 μm, or other coating with equal or greater barrier properties (as indicated by the expected comparative level of iron migration into food or food simulants) that is authorized for the intended conditions of use. b) For other foods, the FCS will be top-coated with an FDA authorized epoxy resin (minimum thickness 6 μm) or other coating with equivalent or greater barrier properties (as indicated by the expected comparative level of iron migration into food or food simulants) that is authorized for the intended conditions of use. Within the above limitations, the finished articles may contact (1) all food types, except infant formula and human milk, under Conditions of Use A through H, as described in Tables 1 and 2, respectively, and (2) powdered infant formula (i.e., excluding ready-to-consume infant formula and liquid infant formula concentrate) at room temperature conditions and below.
Effective Date: Jan 10, 2017
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)** Submission: Categorical Exclusion 25.32(i)
FDA Decision: Categorical Exclusion Memo

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