Contact: Scott Lusk (202) 288-3233
WASHINGTON (July 29, 2014) – In response to inquiries regarding styrene, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement to clarify that polystyrene and styrene are two different substances and to highlight federal research demonstrating polystyrene’s continued safe use in foodservice packaging:
“In light of the recent National Academy of Sciences review of styrene, it is important to point out that federal regulators have not changed their view that polystyrene is safe for foodservice packaging. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration, the agency charged with scientific review and approval of food contact applications, has determined for more than 50 years that polystyrene is safe for use in foodservice products. The European Commission/European Food Safety Authority and other regulatory agencies have reached similar conclusions.
“Polystyrene foodservice packaging has many advantages. It is a clean and affordable way to insulate food so that it stays fresher longer. For decades, federal regulatory bodies and researchers have concluded that there is no cause for concern from polystyrene products used to store and serve food.”