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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. 70

Shell Chemical Company

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: Carbon monoxide-ethylene copolymer (CAS Reg. No. 111190-67-1); and Carbon monoxide - ethylene -propylene terpolymer (CAS Reg. No. 88995-51-1) containing no more than 8 mole-percent of propylene.
Notifier: Shell Chemical Company
Manufacturer/Supplier: Shell Chemical Company
Intended Use: For use in articles intended for repeated-use in food processing establishments, for multilayer flexible packaging for refrigerated food products, and for reheatable or microwavable rigid retort packaging for food.
Limitations/Specifications*: For use in contact with all foods except beverages containing more than 8 volume percent alcohol, under Conditions of Use A - H, as described in Table 2. The basic polymers shall meet the following specifications: density (ASTM D1505): 1.2, molecular weight: 30,000 (typical); relative to poly (methyl methacrylate); melting point (ASTM D2117): 250-260°C (Copolymer) and 210-260°C (Terpolymer); extractable fraction: not to exceed 0.5 milligram per square inch when the polymer, in the form of plaques, 25 to 30 mil in thickness, is refluxed in n-butanol at the boiling point (118°C) for 2 hours.
Effective Date: Jul 14, 2000
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)** Submission: Environmental Assessment (in PDF) (877 kB)
FDA Decision: Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)/EA Supplement