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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. 62

 
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Recy Number:  62
 
Date of the NOL:  08/01/2000
 
Company:  Polystyrene Recycling Company of America
 
Polymer:  Polystyrene
 
Polymer Recycling Process:  Physical
 
Use Limitations:  For manufacturing trays for holding refrigerated meat/poultry, fruit/vegetable containers and food-service clam shells, providing the PCR polystyrene was previously used for food-contact applications and there is strict source control. Additionally, the PCR polystyrene may be used as the blending component of a nonfood-contact layer of polystyrene containers, plates, and cutlery, providing PCR polystyrene is separated from food by a layer of virgin, food grade polystyrene ≥1 mil thick, the PCR polystyrene was previously used for food-contact applications and there is strict source control, and the articles 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).
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