DuPont Performance Elastomers: European Food Contact Approval for Viton® Freeflow™ Z200 Process Aids Food Packaging Films

DuPont Performance Elastomers has announced that its Viton® FreeFlow™ Z200 fluoroelastomer process aids have been declared compliant with food contact regulations in Europe for use in finished film-type food packaging materials. The processing additive, which uses polycaprolactone (PCL) as the interfacial agent, has been granted a Regulatory Compliance Statement for Food Contact Materials in accordance with European Directive 2002/72/EC, applicable to EU Member States and to Norway and Switzerland.
This is in addition to existing compliance with US FDA Regulations under 21 CFR 177.1520 § (b), Canadian Health Protection Branch (HPB) and with the Japan Hygienic Olefin and Styrene Plastics Association (JHOSPA) under Japanese Food Sanitation Law, granted earlier.
‘With the addition of EU compliance, Viton® FreeFlow™ Z200 now has food contact approval effective in the major global markets of the world. This will significantly broaden acceptability of the newest PCL-based process aid, and enable film converters to use the distinctive high temperature stability, olfactory and compatibility advantages of Viton® FreeFlow™ Z200 in food packaging wrap products,’ said ---topher Fisher, marketing manager - DuPont Performance Elastomers.
In comparison with conventional and polyethylene glycol (PEG) based process aids, Viton® FreeFlow™ Z200 offers better thermal stability at temperatures up to 300°C, minimal olfactory effects, and less interaction with other additives. The process aid can help increase film line yield and eliminate melt-fracture, leading to a film with excellent clarity, limited haze, high gloss, and robust tear and puncture resistance, all of which are highly important in the food packaging industry.

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