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FDA Approves Trinseo’s MAGNUM™ ABS Resins for Food Contact

Published on 2015-07-28. Author : SpecialChem

BERWYN, Pa -- Trinseo, a global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex and rubber, announced that several Trinseo's MAGNUM™ ABS Resin grades are now considered to be FDA food contact compliant as a result of a recently approved Food Contact Substance Notification (FCN). The food contact grades are MAGNUM™ ABS 3453, ABS 3904 / 3904 Smooth and ABS 8391 / 8391 MED Resins.

Determining if materials can be used safely for their intended use is one of the responsibilities of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Food contact compliant indicates that the materials can contact food safely, as defined by the FDA.

FDA Compliant ABS for Food Contact
Fig. 1: FDA Compliant ABS for Food Contact

For some manufacturers, such as those involved with kitchen appliances, kitchenware, and food packaging, this compliance is essential. For other manufacturers, such as those of medical devices and other sensitive applications, compliance provides assurance to the customer of added safety and quality control. Trinseo’s FDA compliance is especially important to its Consumer Essential Markets (CEM) Medical Devices business. Medical customers are likely to prefer food contact compliant materials as a product enhancement beyond the compliance to biocompatibility standards alone.

Trinseo’s MAGNUM™ ABS Resins are already unique in the marketplace. Produced using a proprietary mass polymerization process rather than a traditional emulsion process, they feature superior purity, enhanced lot-to-lot consistency, exceptional whiteness and color and general stability.

The resins have been approved under the FDA’s Conditions of Use E through G, room temperature to frozen storage.

About Trinseo

Trinseo is among the leading global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex and rubber, dedicated to collaborating with customers to deliver innovative and sustainable solutions. Trinseo’s technology is used by customers in industries such as home appliances, automotive, building & construction, carpet, consumer electronics, consumer goods, electrical & lighting, medical, packaging, paper & paperboard, rubber goods and tires. Trinseo had approximately $5.1 billion in revenue in 2014, with 19 manufacturing sites around the world, and approximately 2,100 employees. More information can be found on Trinseo’s website. Formerly known as Styron, Trinseo completed its renaming process in the first quarter of 2015.

Source: Trinseo

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