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acResin UV-curable acrylic hot melt adhesives from BASF receive U.S. FDA food use notification

Published on 2007-11-22. Author : SpecialChem

CHARLOTTE, NC -- BASF has received notification from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that four acResin® products are covered under FCN 740, and as such, are intended for use as a component of UV-cured pressure-sensitive adhesives used at the food-contact surface of labels and/or tapes.

"We are very pleased that customers can now use acResin® UV adhesives for a number of direct food contact applications," said Tim Sanborn, product marketing manager for pressure sensitive adhesives in the BASF Functional Polymers business in North America. "Importantly, this is the first acrylic approved for this use under the new FDA criteria that uses a rigorous extraction protocol that is more restrictive."

The FCN notification covers acResin® A 204 UV for permanent applications offering high cohesion; acResin® DS 3532 for removable and freezer applications; acResin® DS 3552 for high coat weight permanent applications and beverage labeling; and acResin® DS 3583 for permanent applications, all with the following limitations:

  • Hot filled or pasteurized below 150 degrees Fahrenheit;
  • Room temperature filled and stored (no thermal treatment in the container);
  • Refrigerated storage (no thermal treatment in the container); and
  • Frozen storage (no thermal treatment in the container).

In addition, sections of the Code of Federal Register, which apply to these products, include:

  • 21 CFR 175.105 for indirect food contact;
  • 21 CFR 175.125 (a) for food-contact surface of labels or tapes applied to poultry, dry food, and processed, frozen, dried, or partially dehydrated fruits and vegetables and (b) for food-contact surface of labels or tapes applied to raw fruit and raw vegetables;
  • 21 CFR 176.170 for components of paper and paperboard in contact with aqueous and fatty foods; and
  • 21 CFR 176.180 for components of paper and paperboard in contact with dry foods.

It is also important to note that the regulations listed above assume that the adhesive film thickness does not exceed 20 grams per square meter, and that the maximum area in contact with food does not exceed 1.0 square dm per kilogram of food. The prescribed extraction limits for these FDA regulations must be fulfilled.

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BASF Corporation, headquartered in New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF AG, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF employs more than 15,500 in North America and had sales of approximately $14.3 billion in 2006.

BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products, agricultural products and fine chemicals to crude oil and natural gas. As a reliable partner to virtually all industries, BASF's high-value products and intelligent system solutions help its customers to be more successful. BASF develops new technologies and uses them to meet the challenges of the future and open up additional market opportunities. It combines economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility, thus contributing to a better future. BASF has approximately 95,000 employees and posted sales of €52.6 billion (approximately $66.1 billion) in 2006.

Source: BASF

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