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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. 442

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Food Contact Substance:  Alcohol ethoxylate in which the alcohol contains from 12 to 22 carbon atoms and the ethoxylate chain contains from 4 to 20 repeating ethoxylate units.
Notifier:  Lubrizol Advanced Materials
Manufacturer:  Lubrizol Advanced Materials
Intended Use:  For use as a component of a mixture intended for use as a thickener for hand sanitizers used in food service establishments.
Effective Date:  11/23/2004
Limitations/Specifications:  The FCS is to be included at up to 7 percent by weight in a mixture containing 1) a polyacrylic acid homopolymer or the copolymer of acrylic acid and up to 10 percent by weight alkyl (C10-C30) methacrylate, crosslinked with either allyl sucrose or allyl pentaerythritol, and (2) optionally containing up to 7 percent by weight of a block copolymer surfactant of fatty acid (C12-C18) and polyethylene glycol. The mixture will be used at levels no greater than 0.5 percent by weight in hand sanitizer formulations.
Environmental Impact Decisions:  Environmental Decisions Site