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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 36

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: Union Carbide Corp.
Polymer: High density polyethylene (HDPE)
Recycling Process: Physical
Use Limitations: Nonfood contact layer in a 2 or 3 layer bottle in contact with dry food with no free surface fat at room temperature or below, providing that the PCR HDPE is separated from food by a layer of virgin, food grade HDPE ≥4 mil thick, and the PCR HDPE was previously used for food-contact applications.
Date of No Objection Letter
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Sep 25, 1995