07/13/2010

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Lanxess phthalate-free plasticiser deemed innocuous

The plasticiser is deemed to be harmless in all products where migration does not exceed 0.05 mg/kg of foodstuff, and where there is no possibility of contact with fatty foods. A positive evaluation from the EFSA is generally the final step before European approval for these areas of application is granted. Lanxess expects to receive official approval from the European Commission in the fall of 2010.
When this is granted, Mesamoll II would be one of the few plasticisers deemed suitable for use in food packaging in both the USA and the EU. However, the benefits are not limited to just this specific market - the approval will also have a positive effect on the use of Mesamoll II in toys. Mesamoll II has already received food contact approval from the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) as of 2007.
According to the company, in the rubber industry and among manufacturers of polyurethane sealants and high-quality PVC products, Mesamoll II has acquired a reputation as a versatile alternative to phthalates. The polymer additive is also in great demand due to its valuable technical properties, says Lanxess. Its rapid gelling behaviour ensures low processing temperatures and times, while its high resistance to light and saponification are particularly beneficial in applications where weathering resistance is important. It also displays low volatility, and the products manufactured from it demonstrate outstanding high-frequency welding properties. In addition, it neither contains phthalates, nor is it manufactured using them.

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