Biopolymer producer Meridian Inc. has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for food substance contact notification. The approval means that Meridian's relevant polyhydroxyalkanoate biopolymers are safe to use for food packaging and storage for the general public.
Meridian of Bainbridge, Ga., claims it is the only producer worldwide whose medium chain-length PHA has U.S. FDA approval for food contact. The approval gives it the green light to make pelletized material that can be processed into biodegradable containers, bottles, films and coatings.
Meridian makes PHA through controlled fermentation of natural oils at its Bainbridge facility.
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