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The United States has issued an alert on food contact products containing brominated flame retardants


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2023-04-10

On March 20, 2023, the US Food and Drug Administration issued an Import Alert 99-45 on food contact products containing brominated flame retardants BFRs.

On March 20, 2023, the US Food and Drug Administration issued an Import Alert 99-45 on food contact products containing brominated flame retardants BFRs.

 

Brominated flame retardants (BFR brominated flame retardants) are a group of organic compounds containing bromine, which can be used as flame retardants in various electronic products, plastics, and textiles. They are one of the main chemical flame retardants. Brominated flame retardants have extremely good fire resistance and are widely used. Brominated flame retardants can not only reduce the possibility of fire, but also hinder the spread of large fires. Brominated flame retardants are a common pollutant that is stable, persistent, and highly bioaccumulative in the environment. Most brominated flame retardants are fat soluble and easily accumulate in the human body, which can interfere with the endocrine system, affect the nervous system, immune system, etc.

 

The products on the red list of the import notification involve electronic appliances and kitchenware such as mixers, ice breakers, juice machines, etc. Based on this notification and the information we have, the FDA focuses on the following 5 types of brominated flame retardants that are not authorized by the FDA for use in food contact materials.

 

 

Brominated flame retardant

CAS No.

TBP

2,4,6-tribromophenol 

118-79-6

TBBPA

3,3’,5,5’-tetrabromobisphenol A 

79-94-7

HBCDD

1,2,5,6,9,10-hexabromocyclododecane 

3194-55-6

Deca-BDE

Decabromodiphenylether 

1163-19-5

 DBDPE

Decabromodiphenylethane

84852-53-9

 

As of now, the red list of notifications mainly covers electronic and electrical kitchenware products. Electric kitchenware has a higher risk of containing flame retardants in its food contact parts, but the risk of non electronic and electrical products containing brominated flame retardants cannot be completely ruled out. It is evident that the FDA is highly concerned about the use of unauthorized flame retardants in food contact materials and has implemented regulatory monitoring. Any product that comes into contact with plastic components in food is the main material at risk.

 
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