New ASA grades for food contact applications that comply with EU's GMP regulation

BASF is offering three new Luran S (ASA) grades in Europe in its line of styrenic specialties approved specifically for food contact applications. The new grades -- Luran® S 777 K FC, Luran S 757 G FC and Luran S 797 S FC (ASA: acrylonitrile-styrene-acrylic ester copolymer) - have been introduced keeping in mind GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) regulations established by the EU for materials that come into contact with food and which went into effect in August 2008. The three new Luran S grades, formulations and manufacturing processes were modified to come into compliance with the new legal requirements. Classic fields of application for Luran S include household appliances such as coffee makers, juicers and microwaveable dishes as well as toothbrushes. The most important product properties for these applications are high thermal stability, good chemical resistance along with exceptional resistance to aging and yellowing. On August 1, 2008, regulation no. (EG) 2023/2006 "On Good Manufacturing Practices" (GMP) went into effect in the European Union. It is part of the European framework regulation 1935/2004/EC governing contact of everyday articles with food. The objective of these laws and regulations is to eliminate, at every step in the supply chain, impurities in food that could harm consumers. According to the GMP regulation, an enhanced quality assurance and process control system must be in place for plastics that come into contact with food.
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