Activated carbon, water, iron powder, kaolin calcined, sulphur, sodium chloride

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Activated carbon (CAS No 7440-44-0, FCM Substance No 984), water (CAS No 7732-18-5, FCM Substance No 515), iron powder (CAS No 7439-89-6, FCM Substance No 983), kaolin calcined (CAS No 92704-41-1, FCM Substance No 753)
First published in the EFSA Journal
28 March 2012
Adopted
22 March 2012
Type
Scientific Opinion
Abstract

This scientific opinion of EFSA deals with the risk assessment of the active substances activated carbon (CAS No 7440-44-0, FCM Substance No 984), water (CAS No 7732-18-5, FCM Substance No 515), iron powder (CAS No 7439-89-6, FCM Substance No 983), kaolin calcined (CAS No 92704-41-1, FCM Substance No 753), sulphur (CAS No 7704-34-9, FCM Substance No 514), sodium chloride (CAS No 7647-14-5, FCM Substance No 985), used in mixtures which are packed into sachets for absorbing oxygen from the food environment. All substances of the oxygen absorber formulations have been evaluated and approved for use as additives in plastic food contact materials and/or as food supplements (sodium chloride). The CEF Panel concluded that the use of the substances activated carbon, water, iron powder, kaolin calcined, sulphur and sodium chloride, do not raise a safety concern when used in oxygen absorbers in sachets which would prevent the physical release of their contents into the food and placed in the headspace of the packaging or when used in direct contact with dry foods. The sachet should not intentionally or unintentionally come into direct contact with liquid foods or foods that have an external aqueous liquid phase on the surface such as sliced fruits and fresh meat. Activated carbon should in addition comply with the same purity requirements as for Vegetable Carbon (E 153) set out by Commission Directive 95/45/EC with exception of ash content which can be up to 10 % (w/w).

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, Detlef Wölfle
Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids
Contact
cef [at] efsa.europa.eu
doi
10.2903/j.efsa.2012.2643
EFSA Journal 2012;10(3):2643 [12 pp.].
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DGCCRF, France
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Number of Pages
12