美国食品和药物管理局 (FDA) 是形成于该联邦机构 1906 保护和促进公众健康, 规范和监督食品安全和其他产品, 包括药品和兽药产品. Part of this function involves regulating how foods are processed, 包装.
像所有的立法, 规章制度在一起, those relating to food packaging change from time to time. 美国食品药物管理局提供有关在其网站上的任何变化的信息, so that both packaging manufacturers and consumers are constantly informed.
FDA Regulations on Food Packaging
A primary concern of the FDA is that packaging and the “food contact substances” used for packaging, 是安全的. These include plastic packaging materials (聚合物), the antioxidants and pigments used in polymers, can coatings, as well as adhesives and the various materials that are used when paperboard and paper are manufactured. Various antimicrobial agents like slimicides and biocides, as well as sealants for caps and lids are also covered.
Ultimately the question is whether food contact substances are safe or potentially hazardous to humans (and animals). And before any new FCS can be used for packaging, it must be thoroughly tested by the FDA’s Office of Food Additive Safety (OFAS) to assess any impurities or toxins, and to make certain that it really is safe for use with food.
另外, the use of recycled plastics in food packaging has been carefully considered by the FDA. 然而, they have only produced guidelines for packaging industry, and these are not legally binding.
At the end of the day, the most important factor for food packaging manufacturers is that the packaging they use is FDA compliant.
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