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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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Recycle Number 62

If a listed process is sublicensed to be used by another manufacturer, there is no need for the sublicensing company to obtain a new favorable opinion letter issued to their name, as long as the recycling process and intended use conditions of recycled plastic are exactly the same as described in the original favorable letter listed on this website. The original favorable opinion letter is applicable to the recycling process that FDA reviewed, regardless of which manufacturer uses it.
Company: Polystyrene Recycling Company of America
Polymer: Polystyrene
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).
Date of No Objection Letter
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Aug 1, 2000
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