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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. 376

The Dow Chemical Company Equipolymers s.r.1. Dow Olefinverbund GmbH

According to Section 409(h)(1)(C) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, food contact substance notifications (FCNs) are effective only for the listed manufacturer and its customers. Other manufacturers must submit their own FCN for the same food contact substance and intended use.

Food Contact Substance: Polyethylene terephthalate copolyesters (diethylene glycol-isophthalate modified), prepared by the condensation of dimethyl terephthalate or terephthalic acid and ethylene glycol with one or more of the following: dimethyl isophthalate, isophthalic acid, and diethylene glycol. The finished polymer shall contain a total of not more than 10 mole-percent of diethylene glycol and isophthalate units, with the diethylene glycol content expressed as a mole-percent of the total glycol units and the isophthalate content expressed as a mole-percent of the total isophthalate/terephthalate units.
Notifier: The Dow Chemical Company Equipolymers s.r.1. Dow Olefinverbund GmbH Equipolymers GmbH
Manufacturer: The Dow Chemical Company Equipolymers s.r.1. Dow Olefinverbund GmbH
Intended Use: For use as films or articles intended for contact with aqueous, acidic, low-alcohol, and fatty foods under Conditions of Use A through H as described in Table 2, and for use in contact with high-alcohol foods under Conditions of Use E through G as described in Table 2.
Limitations/Specifications*: The finished food-contact film or article must meet any applicable specifications, and is subject to all applicable Conditions of Use cited in 21 CFR 177.1630(f), (g), (h) and/or (j). Adjuvant substances permitted for use in polymers complying with 21 CFR 177.1630 may be used in the copolyesters that are the subject of this notification, subject to any limitations in the authorizing regulation.
Effective Date: Dec 31, 2003
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)** Submission: Environmental Assessment (in PDF) (430 kB)
FDA Decision: Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)
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