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FDA Revokes Food Additive Approval for the Use of Potassium Perchlorate

Published on May 3, 2017 by FoodIndustry.Com Editorial Staff | editorial@foodindustry.com

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has filed an action to revoke the use of potassium perchlorate as a component in packaging and sealing gaskets. for food containers. Once used to seal lids of glass containers, potassium perchlorate is now no longer used by the industry.

Several environmental and health groups had filed petitions demanding that the FDA seeking ban the us of the compound from food packaging processes. Perchlorate is a pervasive chemical also used in rocket fuel and at industrial sites. On May 3rd, 2017 the FDA announced that it took the action in response to a petition filed by the Society of the Plastics Industry. The agency determined that the SPI demonstrated that the use of the compound has been abandoned by industry. The FDA’s action means that use of potassium perchlorate is no longer authorized.

A final ruling is subject to a 30 day wait period to allow any entity adversely affected by the ban to file an objection.

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