Aaron Industries Corp., a Massachusetts plastics recycler, has been cleared to offer a blended post-consumer compound for food contact applications.
The Leominster-based company said in a statement the company has received a letter of no objection from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its "recycling process to produce a blended post-consumer recycled polypropylene and post-consumer high density polyethylene and post-industrial PP material that is suitable for food contact."
The blend is designed for single-use food contact products including cutlery, trays, caps, closures and lids for food service, the company said.
The food contact compound is called ARPP200-NOL.
"This letter of no objection memorializes Aaron's commitment to provide our customers innovative solutions to their recycled content challenges at attractive price points," Robert Tocci, vice president at Aaron, said in a statement.
FDA does not officially approve new materials for food contact. Instead the federal agency only indicates it does not have any objection to their use.