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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. 594

BASF Corporation and NatureWorks LLC

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: Copolymer of styrene (CAS Reg. No. 100-42-5), methyl methacrylate (CAS Reg. No.80-62-6), and glycidyl methacrylate (CAS Reg. No. 106-91-2).
Notifier: BASF Corporation and NatureWorks LLC
Manufacturer: BASF Corporation and NatureWorks LLC
Intended Use: For use as a polymeric chain extender in foamed polylactide polymers.
Limitations/Specifications*: The FCS shall be used at a maximum level of 1.2 percent by weight of foamed polylactide polymers, where the polylactide polymers are cleared by FCNs 178 and 475. The FCS may contact all food types (except >15 percent alcohol) under Conditions of Use E through G, as described in Table 2.
Effective Date: Apr 18, 2006
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)** Submission: Environmental Assessment (in PDF) (564 kB)
FDA Decision: Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)