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Perstorp receives FDA approval for “Capa for Bioplastics” product grades

Sweden-headed speciality chemical producer, Perstorp Group has announced that it has received food contact use approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its "Capa for Bioplastics" product grades 6500D and the new 6800D.

Polycaprolactones (PCLs) are known for their compatibility with many types of polymers, including biopolymers. PCLs have excellent biodegradability properties, which can enhance properties of biopolymers and create unique product characteristics by improving existing bioplastic solutions, extend the use of biopolymers.

According to a statement, the new Capa 6800D for Bioplastics is a high molecular weight linear polyester derived from caprolactone monomer and extends the company’s range of products for biodegradable food applications. Capa for Bioplastics is durable, stable and easy to process as well as offering best-in-class biodegradability and is typically used for applications like bags and films, paper cups and packaging.

We have had food contact approval in Europe from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) already for a few years. This FDA approval for our Capa 6500D as well as for the new Capa 6800D verifies that Capa is safe for food applications, enabling bioplastic packaging for a more sustainable future, said Jesper Fahlén, global product manager Capa.

Bioplastics is a focus area for Perstorp. It is an important part of the company’s commitment to the environment and vision for a more sustainable future. Capa for Bioplastics exhibits excellent biodegradability properties and can improve bioplastic solutions, as well as enabling unique product characteristics.

The bioplastics market is rapidly growing and Perstorp sees huge potential for biodegradable packaging and food applications. With the broader portfolio, we meet our customers’ need for formulation efficiency by offering different choices of molecular weight. By helping manufacturers move from conventional plastics to bioplastics we are, together, reducing the pollution our planet is facing, said Marie Grönborg, Executive Vice President at Perstorp.

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