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Recycled plastic and food?

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Arel Alvarez arelenoc

Recycled plastic and food?

05/12/2017 at 23:58

Can recycled plastic be used to handle food? like bows or cups?

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dedicated
06/12/2017 at 00:05
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In general recycled plastic and food is a bad idea
The heating and working with the plastic makes the structure different and not safe for food 🙂

dedicated
06/12/2017 at 00:25
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@anris provided you have clean well finished molds and machinery, and work with minimum melting temperatures, is it still dangerous when a food grade plastic is used in first place ?
It depends of the plastic type and properties, but in what cases we can be sure a finished PP product can be used for some food applications ?

dedicated
06/12/2017 at 01:15
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@armbouhali @arelenoc
I found some info on the topic:

https://www.fda.gov/Food/IngredientsPackagingLabeling/PackagingFCS/RecycledPlastics/default.htm

It tells that conterminates from the prior usage of the plastic must be at a minimum.
Also read somewhere that plastic gets too old, it degrades. That the date on water-bottles is not that the water is getting to old, its the PET from the bottle degrading and leaving small particals in the water.

It is however possible to be sertified to recycle plastic for uses such as food:

Recyclers must be able to demonstrate that contaminant levels in the reformed plastic have been reduced to sufficiently low levels to ensure that the resulting packaging is of a purity suitable for its intended use. To produce a polymer with the desired qualities, however, additional antioxidants, processing aids, or other adjuvants may need to be added to the recycled polymer. The type and total amount of these additives must comply with existing authorizations, and any adjuvants already in the plastic may not react during the recycling process to form substances whose safety has not been evaluated by the FDA.

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dedicated
06/12/2017 at 01:19
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@armbouhali @arelenoc
I found some info on the topic:

https://www.fda.gov/Food/IngredientsPackagingLabeling/PackagingFCS/RecycledPlastics/default.htm

It tells that conterminates from the prior usage of the plastic must be at a minimum.
Also read somewhere that plastic gets too old, it degrades. That the date on water-bottles is not that the water is getting to old, its the PET from the bottle degrading and leaving small partikels in the water.

It is however possible to be sertified to recycle plastic for uses such as food:

Recyclers must be able to demonstrate that contaminant levels in the reformed plastic have been reduced to sufficiently low levels to ensure that the resulting packaging is of a purity suitable for its intended use. To produce a polymer with the desired qualities, however, additional antioxidants, processing aids, or other adjuvants may need to be added to the recycled polymer. The type and total amount of these additives must comply with existing authorizations, and any adjuvants already in the plastic may not react during the recycling process to form substances whose safety has not been evaluated by the FDA.

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