FDA extends rPET approval

Food and ready meal packaging can be made of up to 100% recycled PET (rPET) produced on VACUREMA recycling systems, even if temperatures rise above 120°C during the heating process. It does not matter if the items are heated in a microwave or conventional oven.

This has been made possible by the new approval of VACUREMA systems for Category "J" by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration, USA). Category “J” refers to “Cooking at temperatures exceeding 250 deg.F (120°C)”. The systems already have approvals for the FDA Categories "C" to "H".

VACUREMA rPET approved uses

RED – not approved             GREEN – approved

A. High temperature heat-sterilized (e.g., over 212 deg.F (100°C)).

B. Boiling water sterilized.

C. Hot filled or pasteurized above 150 deg.F (65°C).

D. Hot filled or pasteurized below 150 deg.F (65°C).

E. Room temperature filled and stored (no thermal treatment in the container).

F. Refrigerated storage (no thermal treatment in the container).

G. Frozen storage (no thermal treatment in the container).

H. Frozen or refrigerated storage: Ready-prepared foods intended to be reheated in container at time of use:

    1. Aqueous or oil-in-water emulsion of high- or low-fat.

    2. Aqueous, high- or low-free oil or fat.

I. Irradiation

J. Cooking at temperatures exceeding 250 deg.F (120°C).

Source: FDA

image This extension to the scope of approval has also been carried out by two independent institutes (Fraunhofer and Keller & Heckman) in various forms, including challenge tests. Both this extension and the other FDA approvals apply to systems that have already been supplied by EREMA (Ansfelden, Austria).