Scientific Opinion on the safety evaluation of the substance, (ethyl acrylate, methyl methacrylate) copolymer, CAS No. 9010-88-2, for use in food contact materials

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Article
Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids
EFSA Journal
EFSA Journal 2011;9(12):2464 [9 pp.].
doi
10.2903/j.efsa.2011.2464
Panel members at the time of adoption
Ulla Beckman Sundh, Mona-Lise Binderup, Leon Brimer, Laurence Castle, Karl-Heinz Engel, Roland Franz, Nathalie Gontard, Rainer Gürtler, Trine Husøy, Klaus-Dieter Jany, Catherine Leclercq, Jean-Claude Lhuguenot, Wim Mennes, Maria Rosaria Milana, Iona Pratt, Kettil Svensson, Fidel Toldrá and Detlef Wölfle
Acknowledgements

The Panel wishes to thank the members of the Working Group on Food Contact Materials for the preparation of this opinion: Mona-Lise Binderup, Laurence Castle, Riccardo Crebelli, Roland Franz, Nathalie Gontard, Eugenia Lampi, Jean-Claude Lhuguenot, Maria Rosaria Milana, Karla Pfaff, Fatima Poças, Philippe Saillard, Kettil Svensson and Detlef Wölfle for the support provided to this EFSA scientific output.

Type
Opinion of the Scientific Committee/Scientific Panel
On request from
Ministère de l’Économie, des Finances et de l’Industrie, France
Question Number
EFSA-Q-2011-00938
Adopted
24 November 2011
Published
5 December 2011
Affiliation
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Parma, Italy
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Abstract

This scientific opinion of EFSA deals with the risk assessment of the substance (ethyl acrylate, methyl methacrylate) copolymer, CAS No 9010-88-2, REF. No. 53245 and FCM substance No 868 for which the CEF Panel concluded that the intended use in rigid PVC at a maximum level of 2% w/w and in PLA and in PET at a maximum level of 5% w/w is not of safety concern for the consumer.

Summary

Within the general task of evaluating substances intended for use in materials in contact with food according to the Regulation (EC) No.1935/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 October 2004 on materials and articles intended to come into contact with foodstuffs, the CEF Panel received a request from a competent Member State Authority for safety evaluation of a substance following a corresponding application from the industry.

The request received and the outcome of the safety evaluation is summarised below:

The Ministère de l’Economie, des Finances et de l’Industrie, France, requested the evaluation of the substance (ethyl acrylate, methyl methacrylate) copolymer with the CAS number 9010-88-2, the European Commission reference number (REF. No.) 53245 and the FCM substance number 868, for use up to 5% w/w in polylactic acid (PLA) and poly(ethylene terephtalate) (PET) to improve the melt properties. Finished articles are intended to be used in contact with all types of foodstuffs. The dossier was submitted by the applicant, Rohm and Haas Europe Services ApS, France.

The CEF Panel concluded that the intended use of the substance (ethyl acrylate, methyl methacrylate) copolymer in rigid PVC at a maximum level of 2% w/w and in PLA and PET at a maximum level of 5% w/w is not of safety concern for the consumer.

Keywords
(Ethyl acrylate, methyl methacrylate) copolymer; CAS number 9010-88-2; Ref. No. 53245; FCM substance No 868; Food contact materials; Safety assessment; Evaluation
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