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Advansa’s polyester fibre approved by FDA for food contact end uses

Advansa is now the first fibre manufacturer worldwide producing recycled fibres which are safe for food contact end uses.

23rd June 2017

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Hamm

Medical/Hygiene

Advansa, a leading supplier for the nonwoven wallpaper industry, has received an official statement from the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the USA for its recycled fibres from post-consumer sources, as being the first fibre manufacturer worldwide producing recycled fibres which are safe for food contact end uses.

Thanks to its innovative recycling technology, Advansa has the capability to produce polyester short cut fibres suitable to meet the very demanding quality requirements of base paper for wall coverings while using post-consumer recycling material as feedstock for those fibres, the manufacturer explains.

Comparison of the physical-mechanical characteristics of Advansa fbres from primary and secondary PET. © Advansa

“The use of such post-consumer feedstock might create some concerns at specific consumers; thinking about chemical contaminations from unintended misuse of PET articles,” the company reports. “Using scientific evaluation approaches which are well-known from the packaging industry, Advansa could prove that the fibre manufacturing process has cleaning capabilities even suitable to produce fibres appropriate for food contact applications, like coffee filter pads and food wrapping materials.”

Thus, the company obtained an official statement from the reputable Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the USA, a nonobjection letter, confirming Advansa´s fibres made of 100% recycled feed material being safe for food contact end uses. The company offers the same safety level for the base fibres for fleece wallpaper.

At Advansa, the company says, business strategies are based on investing in safety, health and environment beyond requirements. The company is taking the necessary steps during its daily operations to ensure strong environmental protection and offers high-quality fibres which comply with applicable environmental, health and safety regulations. Being a supplier to several industries such as the nonwoven wallpaper industry, Advansa aims to offer creative solutions to manufacturers with its FDA-compliant fibres.

"Manufacturers are looking for highly advanced fibres to get added-value products for their production. We are very pleased to receive the non-objection letter from FDA for all our recycled fibres and to be able to fulfil our large task of offering our customers a high level of productivity as well as a differentiation in the market. Hence, sustainability and health remain core values within Advansa, without any compromise in the quality of fibres,” commented Frank Heimann, Business Director Engineered Fibres of Advansa.

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