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Is PVC Permitted for Use in Food-Contact Articles?

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Is PVC Permitted for Use in Food-Contact Articles?


What is the status concerning the use of PVC as component in food contact surfaces? Are there any restrictions by individual states?


Currently, there are no state laws banning the use of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in food packaging. Several bills have been introduced in California to either prohibit the sale of PVC packaging containers or reduce the volume of PVC packaging. However, none are currently active. It is important to remember, though, that vinyl chloride is one of the chemicals that is subject to California's Proposition 65.

In the U.S., PVC has been used in food packaging for over 40 years. It has never been the subject of a food additive regulation, instead, its use has been based upon several sanctions or approvals issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prior to 1958, including those clearing its use as a component of food wraps, can enamels, and specific types of rigid food packaging materials. PVC has always been, and continues to be, permitted by FDA for use in these food-contact applications.

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