Effective March 14, 2000, BP Amoco's Barex® 210 Extrusion Grade Resin has been granted approval by the FDA for its use in fabricating beverage bottles for a variety of applications. "This opens a new door for companies looking for an economical, lightweight container that protects the flavor and the appearance of fruit and vegetable beverages, teas and coffees, and isotonic health drinks," says Carmen J. Melillo, Director of Sales and Marketing for the resin.

The FDA's Food Contact Notification program clearly removes the previous exemption, in existence since the early 1970s. "Improvements in testing equipment allowed us to demonstrate that bottles made of Barex 210 satisfy the FDA's safety criteria," says Robert Sentman, Technical Manager for the product. "The FDA's assessment of Barex® 210 resin is that it can be used safely in specific beverage applications."

New Solutions for Bottlers

This new FDA approval permits the use of Barex® 210 Extrusion Grade Resin for most non-dairy, non-alcoholic, non-carbonated beverages, including ready-to-serve coffees and teas, fresh fruit juices, and processed fruit and vegetable juices. "The FDA's use conditions E and F are allowed, which cover aseptic, room-temperature filling and storage and refrigeration," says Melillo.

The unique combination of properties of Barex® 210 Extrusion Grade Resin make it a welcome solution for beverage bottlers looking for crystal clarity, remarkable strength, and excellent barrier performance. With a flexural modulus that makes this product stronger than most others, and its exceptional oxygen and carbon dioxide gas barrier properties, fabricators can deliver to the market tough rigid bottles that extend beverage shelf-life.

For more information about the FDA clearances

The inventory list of effective Premarket Notifications for Food Contact Substances can be viewed at the FDA's Internet site, www.cfsan.fda.gov, under Food Additives and Premarket Approval, Notification Programs.