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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 20

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: Fabri-Kal Corp.
Polymer: Polystyrene (crystal and rubber modified)
Recycling Process: Physical
Use Limitations: Nonfood-contact layer of polystyrene cold drink cups, lids, produce trays, portion cups, and deli food containers, providing PCR polystyrene is from strict sources and is separated from food by a layer of virgin, food grade polystyrene ≥1 mil thick. Articles are for short term contact (≤12 days) with food at room temperature or below.
Date of No Objection Letter
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Oct 21, 1993