Chemical Additives in Food Packaging Materials

June 17, 2019

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This article will provide food processors relevant information related to the safety of food contact substances (FCSs) present in food packaging, including plastics, glass, and metal containers. For clarity, the following are terms and definitions directly extracted from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).[1] This terminology is critically important, not only to the manufacturer of FCSs but also to food processors to better understand the methodology applied to ensure compliance with the right standards.   Food Additive: A food additive is defined in Section 201(s) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1938 (FD&C Act) as any substance the intended use of which results or may reasonably be expected to result, directly or indirectly, in its becoming a component or otherwise affecting the characteristic of any food (including any substance intended for use in producing, manufacturing, packing, processing, preparing, treating, packaging, transporting, or holding food; and including any source of radiation intended for any such use); if such substance is not GRAS or sanctioned prior to 1958 or otherwise excluded from the definition of food additives.

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