Scientific Opinion on the safety evaluation of the active substance, open-cell expanded polystyrene manufactured with talc and alkyl(C8-C22) sulphonic acid (salts)for use in active food contact materials

open-cell expanded polystyrene; talc; CAS No 14807-96-6; FCM substance No 615; alkyl(C8-C22) sulphonic acid (salts); FCM substance No 16; Food contact materials; Active and intelligent materials; Safety assessment; Evaluation
First published in the EFSA Journal
31 mai 2012
24 mai 2012
Last Updated
7 juin 2012. This version replaces the previous one/s.
Scientific Opinion


This scientific opinion of EFSA deals with the risk assessment of the open-cell expanded polystyrene, manufactured with talc, CAS No 14807-96-6, FCM substance No 615, and alkyl(C8-C22) sulphonic acid (salts) FCM substance No 16. Migration test results for trays made of open-cell EPS into water and 3% acetic acid for 10 days at 40 °C have been provided and demonstrated the compliance with the overall migration limit and the SML for alkyl(C8-C22) sulphonic acid (salts) as established by Commission Regulation (EU) No 10/2011. All substances used for the manufacture of the open-cell EPS have already been evaluated and are used in compliance with Commission Regulation (EU) No 10/2011. Therefore further toxicological data are not needed.

Provided that the requirements of the Commission Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 are respected, the CEF Panel concluded that there is no safety concern for the consumer when used as liquid absorber in contact with fresh meat, poultry and fish.

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, Maria de Fátima Poças, Iona Pratt, Kettil Svensson, Fidel Toldrá, Detlef Wölfle
Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids
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EFSA Journal 2012;10(5):2746
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Ministero della Salute, Italy