The European Food Safety Agency (Efsa) has approved recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) made with a process developed by the Phoenix Technologies.
The rPET production process pioneered by the Ohio-based company relies on using extra-small particles. It is made using Phoenix Technologies' extra-small process is intended as a direct replacement for up to 100% of virgin PET in a range of applications. This includes packaging containers for food and beverages, as well as pharmaceuticals and personal care products.
The ruling from the Efsa's Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids (CEF) was promulgated in the agency's own journal on 6 May 2014. It is now permitted for use in the EU packs for long-term storage of all types of food at room temperature, with or without hot fill.
Lori Carson, director of commercial operations at Phoenix, explains: 'The reason Phoenix pursued this certification is because many of our rPET customers are large global brand owners that sell their products into the European marketplace. This certification gives them an additional comfort level that rPET produced via this process can be used without any safety issues.'
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