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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Submissions on Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) Plastics for Food-Contact Articles

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Recy No. 33

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Recy Number:  33
Date of the NOL:  07/17/1995
Company:  Scientific Certification Systems on behalf of ELM Packaging Co.
Polymer:  Polystyrene
Polymer Recycling Process:  Physical
Use Limitations:  Nonfood-contact layer of polystyrene containers, providing PCR polystyrene is separated from food by a layer of food grade virgin polystyrene ≥1 mil thick, the PCR polystyrene was previously used for food-contact applications and there is strict source control, and the containers are limited for "fast food" service applications to contact hot and cold foods (i.e., those involving refrigerated or room temperatures or, if higher temperatures are involved, contact is limited to very short time frames).