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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. 937

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Food Contact Substance:  Copolymers made from the reaction of dimethyl terephthalate or terephthalic acid with a mixture containing 15 to 85 mole percent of ethylene glycol and 85 to 15 mole percent of 1,4-cyclohexanedimethanol (70 percent trans isomer, 30 percent cis isomer), and optionally < 0.5 percent (by weight of the finished resin) trimellitic anhydride as a branching agent. The FCS is further identified as follows: Ethylene-1,4-cyclohexylenedimethylene terephthalate copolymers (CAS Reg. No. 25640-14-6), manufactured from dimethyl terephthalate (DMT), ethylene glycol (EG), and 1,4-cyclohexanedimethanol (CHDM). Ethylene-1,4-cyclohexylenedimethylene terephthalate copolymers (CAS Reg. No. 25038-91-9), manufactured from terephthalic acid (TPA), EG, and CHDM.
Notifier:  Eastman Chemical Company
Manufacturer:  Eastman Chemical Company
Intended Use:  As articles or components of articles intended to contact food.
Effective Date:  01/21/2010
Limitations/Specifications:  The minimum inherent viscosity of the finished resin will be 0.60. For use in contact with aqueous, acidic, low-alcohol (up to 13 percent by volume), and fatty foods under Conditions of Use C through G as described in Table 2, and for use in contact with foods containing up to 50 percent by volume alcohol under conditions of use E through G as described in Table 2.
Environmental Impact Decisions:  Environmental Decisions Site