EFSA expands food-contact approvals for Addivant’s Weston 705

25 May 2017 (Last Updated May 25th, 2017 18:30)

The European Food Standards Agency (EFSA) has expanded the approval for the use of Addivant’s nonylphenol-free stabiliser, Weston 705, to a wider range of food contact applications.

The European Food Standards Agency (EFSA) has expanded the approval for the use of Addivant’s nonylphenol-free stabiliser, Weston 705, to a wider range of food contact applications.

EFSA increased Weston 705’s Specific Migration Limit (SML) by a factor of 2mg/kg-10mg/kg.

This approval will allow Addivant to use Weston 705 as the stabilisation solution for the most demanding food packaging applications which includes fatty food or alcohol content packaging.

Addivant claimed that after getting tested by the newest and most stringent food-contact standards, Weston 705 is currently the only antioxidant for plastics with a fully tested Non-Intentionally Added Substances profile.

Addivant CEO John Steitz said: “Regulatory bodies are actively restricting migration limits on all packaging components, and are using new toxicological standards that make it extremely difficult for a new additive to be launched in food-contact applications.

"This expansion of the migration limit for Weston 705 is yet another confirmation of its unique safety profile, making Weston 705 the safest new liquid antioxidant developed over the last 20 years."

“This expansion of the migration limit for Weston 705 is yet another confirmation of its unique safety profile, making Weston 705 the safest new liquid antioxidant developed over the last 20 years.”

Weston 705, a nonylphenol-free liquid phosphite antioxidant alternative, has already been approved in nearly 180 countries for food-contact packaging.

Addivant noted that it had developed Weston 705 following more than seven years of research and investment making it one of the most thoroughly tested new plastic antioxidant in the market.

Headquartered in Connecticut, US, Addivant operates 11 plants located in five continents along with other research, manufacturing and sales facilities worldwide.