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Party item such as disposable cutlery, cups and plates that will come into contact with food must comply with these regulations and standards in order to be labeled safe for use.

In US, different food contact materials need to comply with specific requirements in FDA which are governed in 21 CFR part 175 to 179.

Some of these common requirements include:

PS Residual styrene monomer 21 CFR 177.1640 £1.0% (non-fatty food contact)
£0.5% (fatty food contact)
PE Density 21 CFR 177.1520 0.85 – 1.00 g/L
Extractable fraction in n-hexane £5.5%
Soluble fraction in xylene £11.3%
Aluminium Net chloroform soluble extractives 21 CFR 176.170 £0.5 mg/inch2


For further information, please contact:

Mr. Kenji NG
t: + 852 2334 4481 ext. 1209 

Mr. Ronald TSE
t: +852 2334 4481 ext. 1813

Mr. Toby LEE
t: +852 2334 4481 ext. 1805

Get a Copy in PDF version: Food Contact Material Testing for Party Item (US) 


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