Scientific Opinion on the safety assessment of the substance fatty acids, C16–18 saturated, hexaesters with dipentaerythritol 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 2015;13(2):4021 [8 pp.].
doi
10.2903/j.efsa.2015.4021
Panel members at the time of adoption
Claudia Bolognesi, Laurence Castle, Jean-Pierre Cravedi, Karl-Heinz Engel, Paul Fowler, Roland Franz, Konrad Grob, Rainer Gürtler, Trine Husøy, Wim Mennes, Maria Rosaria Milana, André Penninks, Vittorio Silano, Andrew Smith, Maria de Fátima Tavares Poças, Christina Tlustos, Fidel Toldrá, Detlef Wölfle and Holger Zorn
Acknowledgements

The Panel wishes to thank the members of the Working Group on Food Contact Materials, Mona-Lise Binderup, Laurence Castle, Riccardo Crebelli, Alessandro Di Domenico, Nathalie Gontard, Ragna Bogen Hetland, Martine Kolf-Clauw, Eugenia Lampi, Maria Rosaria Milana, Maria de Fatima Poças, Philippe Saillard, Kettil Svensson and Detlef Wölfle for the preparatory work on this scientific opinion and EFSA staff, Marisa Escudero Hernandez, for the support provided to this scientific opinion.

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Opinion of the Scientific Committee/Scientific Panel
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Bundesamt für Verbraucherschutz und Lebensmittelsicherheit, Germany
Question Number
EFSA-Q-2014-00494
Adopted
28 January 2015
Published in the EFSA Journal
18 February 2015
Affiliation
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Parma, Italy
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Abstract

This scientific opinion of the EFSA Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids (CEF Panel) deals with the safety assessment of fatty acids, C16–18 saturated, hexaesters with dipentaerythritol (FADP), FCM substance No 01053, for use as a processing agent at up to 1.5 % in various types of plastics. Based on the modelled specific migration calculation results, it cannot be ruled out that the overall migration limit may be exceeded. No toxicological data were provided for the assessed substance. Toxicological data from similar pentaerythritol fatty acids were submitted for ‘read across’. Based on the genotoxicity data provided, the CEF Panel considered that there is no indication of mutagenic potential of the substance. The CEF Panel concluded that the substance FADP is not of safety concern for the consumer if used in polymers intended for contact with all types of foodstuffs at all time–temperature conditions, provided that the fatty acid precursors are obtained from edible fats or oils and that any impurities in the dipentaerythritol are under the control of the producer.

Keywords
fatty acids, C16–18 saturated, hexaesters with dipentaerythritol, FADP, FCM substance No 01053, food contact materials, safety assessment
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Number of Pages
8