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Seeks FDA clearance for UV/EB substances

The ability to use ultraviolet- and electron-beam-cured packaging surfaces in direct contact with food products is now being sought by RadTech, the organization of companies that produce those materials.
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“The already wide use of UV and EB in the package converting industry is driving this initiative” says David Diehl of PPG and president of RadTech. “While thermally-cured solvent and water-borne systems have been used by the food packaging industry for many years there are virtually no basic components that have been listed as yet by the [Food and Drug Administration] for the relatively recent strong emergence of UV and EB ink adhesive and coating formulations.”

Without FDA clearance food packaging must ensure a “functional barrier” between the cured UV or EB formulation and the food according to Ron Holden of Surface Specialties and a RadTech board member. Nearly 50 members attended a planning meeting for the initiative with the group forming a new RadTech FDA Food Packaging Alliance. The group retained packaging legal specialists Keller & Heckman of Washington DC to administer the initiative. For more details contact RadTech at 240/497-1242 or visit www.radtech.org. —AO

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