Wed May 3, 2017

Ashley Stoney
Tel: 202-974-5210 | astoney@plasticsindustry.org

FDA Responds to PLASTICS’ Petition to Remove Potassium Perchlorate

Regulatory Agency Agrees to Remove Potassium Perchlorate as an Additive

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today released a final rule, which will amend food additive regulations to no longer provide the use of potassium perchlorate as an additive in closure sealing gaskets for food containers, because this use has been abandoned. The FDA’s ruling is in response to a petition submitted by the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS).

“Working with federal governing bodies, the plastics industry continuously acts responsibly to remove substances from regulations that are no longer used,” said Kyra Douglas, senior director of Global Regulatory Affairs at PLASTICS. “It is worth noting that FDA’s action is not a ban on the use of potassium perchlorate because it is unsafe, but rather, simply a removal from regulations because it is no longer being used, and has not been used for many years.”

PLASTICS originally submitted public comments in June 2015 in response to a Food Additive Petition (FAP) filed in October 2014 by a group of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), noting that potassium perchlorate was no longer used by industry.  PLASTICS later submitted a separate FAP in May 2016, requesting that potassium perchlorate be de-listed from FDA’s food additive regulations on the basis that potassium perchlorate is no longer used as a component of closure sealing gaskets for food containers.

“The outcome of this petition provides a path forward for FDA, industry and environmental groups to work together to de-list additional substances that may no longer be used in food packaging,” said Douglas.

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