Paper is everywhere. We use it for everything from books to food containers. In fact, the average American uses approximately 750 pounds of paper each year, according to the American Forest and Paper Association. It is so common we seldom stop to think about how it is made or how it obtains its properties.
Paper products vary widely to accomplish their designed tasks. Some products are soft and absorbent while others are much more rigid, strong, and resistant to water. For the latter, the chemicals used during the paper manufacturing process, and coatings applied afterward, aid in providing the desired properties. Since these chemicals are often in contact with people or food, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has had strict regulatory oversight regarding which chemicals can be used to ensure public health. Bercen, a leader in the paper product chemicals industry, uses these guidelines to design and manufacture chemicals to improve the physical properties of paper with the safety of people as its foremost concern.
The FDA, an agency within the United States Department of Health and Human Services, has two main codes to regulate the chemicals that can be used for coated or uncoated surfaces that contact foods. These are Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 21: Part 176, Sections 170 and 180. These sections are extremely detailed in terms of individual chemicals, chemical types and the conditions in which they may be used if in contact with wet, dry and fatty foods. While these CFRs apply to all paper chemicals that could contact food, additional CFRs may apply depending on the chemical type.
Bercen takes these regulations – and the stringent testing associated with the chemical approval process – very seriously. With the health of consumers at stake, both Bercen and the FDA are aligned in their goal to protect people from harm. For example, one of Bercen’s paper chemicals is BERBOND 8990, a binder designed to resist water and oil while enhancing sheet gloss. Not only does BERBOND 8990 comply with the two CFRs previously mentioned without limitations, it also is in full compliance with the CFR that regulates resinous and polymeric coatings. Another example is BERCHEM 7000. This additive decreases the amount of expensive plastic pigments and titanium dioxide needed in the treating process, as well as reducing drying energy while delivering enhanced surface properties. Again, this Bercen product is compliant with the above CFRs as well as the specific CFR that regulates emulsifiers and surface-active agents.
We live in a world surrounded by an ever-increasing number of chemicals, some of which can have detrimental health effects. The paper products we use on a daily basis, including those used in food containers, have been treated and coated with chemicals too. The FDA oversees the use of these products and Bercen is a dedicated partner in the health assurance process. When you use Bercen products you can do so with confidence.
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