• October 15, 2020
  • EFSA

Safety assessment of the process Somoplast - Riachi & Co, based on Starlinger deCON technology, used to recycle post-consumer PET into food contact materials

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The EFSA Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes and Processing Aids (CEP) assessed the safety of the recycling process Somoplast ‐ Riachi & Co (EU register number RECYC189), which uses the Starlinger deCON technology. The input material is hot washed and dried poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) flakes originating from collected post‐consumer PET containers, e.g. bottles, including no more than 5% PET from non‐food consumer applications. The flakes are preheated before being submitted to solid‐state polycondensation (SSP) in a continuous reactor at high temperature under vacuum and gas flow. 

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