A European Union panel has approved the use of Starlinger de-contamination technology to recycle post-consumer PET into 100 percent-recycled-content food and beverage packaging.
The Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids (CEF) also signed off on using an antioxidant additive in food containers, but it said authorities should reconsider allowable migration limits for a UV absorber.
The CEF is part of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). In the European Union, recycled plastics and additives can only be used in food and beverage packaging if the EFSA says they're safe. Under EU law, recycling companies submit applications to individual countries, which apply to the EFSA on their behalf.