Addivant has secured an approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for using its nonylphenol-free stabiliser, Weston 705, in infant food and breast milk plastic packaging applications.
The approval enables the use of Weston 705 at levels of up to 2,000ppm in various types of polymers for repeat use articles intended for infant formula and breast milk.
The new plastic antioxidant can also be used in polymers that are developed for use with powdered infant formula.
Addivant CEO John Steitz said: “FDA has tightened even further its scrutiny on infant formulation using the most stringent screening procedures for this application.
“Weston 705 has been developed to surpass global regulatory standards providing a complete profile of its non-intentionally added substances (NIAS), allowing food packaging companies to stay ahead of the industry curve.
“This approval from the FDA for use in infant formula and human milk plastic applications confirms the unique benefits of this new generation of antioxidants in the most sensitive applications.”
Weston 705 has already been approved for use in more than 180 countries for food contact packaging.
The product is also the only nonylphenol-free liquid phosphite antioxidant alternative with food contact approvals in the US, Canada, Europe and China.
The use of Weston 705 has enabled resin producers and packaging manufacturers to employ a single, global solution and to help meet the regulatory requirements of consumer packaged goods customers.
Last month, Addivant announced the launch of a new generation of linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) packaging, developed on the basis of Weston 705.