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FDA Adds Three New Substances to its Inventory of Effective FCS Notifications

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently added three new substances to its Inventory of Effective Food Contact Substances (FCS) Notifications. The newly listed substances and the manufacturers are listed below.


Ethylene/hexene copolymers containing up to 50 weight percent polymer units derived from hexene (CAS Reg. No. 25213-02-9).

The Dow Chemical Company

Jun 19, 2015


Ethylene-propylene copolymers (CAS Reg. No. 9010-79-1)

Pinnacle Polymers

Jun 9, 2015


Benzenesulfonic acid, 2,2'-(1,2-ethenediyl)bis[5-[[4-[bis(2-hydroxyethyl)amino]-6-[(4-sulfophenyl)amino]-1,3,5-triazin-2-yl]amino]-, tetrasodium salt (CAS Reg. No. 16470-24-9).

Paramount Minerals and Chemicals Limited

Jun 4, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration Modernization Act of 1997 amended the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to provide for the submission of food-contact notifications (FCNs). Under the FCN system, a manufacturer or supplier of a food-contact material may submit an FCN to FDA regarding the identity and use of a new food-contact substance (FCS), along with information supporting the conclusion that the substance is safe for the intended use.

If FDA does not object in writing within 120 days to the substance's use based on safety grounds, the submitter and its customers may market the substance. Once the notification becomes effective, FDA will add it to its Inventory of Effective FCS Notifications. For more background on submission of FCNs, please see the article, "What is the Best Approach to Obtaining FDA Clearance for Food Contact Substances?"