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Acceptance of Petition Is a Process Requirement and Not an Indicator of Petition's Merit

WASHINGTON (April 20, 2016) - On April 12, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) agreed to review a petition from a coalition of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to assess the use of certain phthalates that are approved for food contact use. FDA's agreement to review the petition is not an indication that the petition has merit, or that the agency will revise longstanding regulations for this approved use-it is an administrative step required by federal regulations. In response ACC has issued the following statement:

" FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) evaluates food contact materials for safety before they are approved for use. The most widely used commercial phthalates belong to one of the most extensively studied families of chemicals in commerce. They have been reviewed and studied by numerous government scientific agencies and regulatory bodies world-wide. Their conclusions have been essentially the same each time: that the phthalates in the marketplace today do not pose a risk to human health at typical real-life exposure levels.

"As FDA moves forward with the standard process of review, we are confident that they will continue to rely on the best available science to address the petition."

» Resource: FDA Regulatory report: Assessing the Safety of Food Contact Substances

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