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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. 231

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Food Contact Substance:  Styrene-acrylic copolymers.
Notifier:  BASF Corporation
Manufacturer:  BASF Corporation
Intended Use:  For use as components of printing inks or coatings that are applied to polyolefin films intended for contact with food.
Effective Date:  06/25/2002
Limitations/Specifications:  The styrene-acrylic copolymers are produced by the polymerization of the following monomers in various combinations with the maximum use levels as noted: 100 percent styrene, 48 percent butyl acrylate, 21 percent methyl methacrylate, 39 percent alpha methyl styrene, 39 percent acrylic acid, and 50 percent 2-ethylhexyl acrylate. The finished copolymers may contact all food types under Conditions of Use B through H as described in Table 2 and including contact with food during cooking (initial temperature covered by Conditions of Use A, but without extended shelf storage).
Environmental Impact Decisions:  Environmental Decisions Site