Corporate Quality Systems and Regulatory Affairs Manager

We’re happy to announce the appointment of Jennifer Presnell as Plastics Color Corporation’s Corporate Quality Systems and Regulatory Affairs Manager. This new position allows us the opportunity to have dedicated corporate oversight on quality systems. Presnell began her career with Plastics Color in 1997 as a Quality Control Technician and advanced within the organization to managerial roles including Quality Control Supervisor and Corporate Lab Manager. She has managed the regulatory department, color development lab, and ISO throughout her career at Plastics Color. Plastics Color bel


BPA Use in Food Contact Apps

Over the past few years there has been ongoing debate about the use of BPA, a structural component in polycarbonate, and is also found in epoxy resins which act as a protective lining when used in metal can coatings to protect the food from directly contacting metal surfaces, and in beverage bottles. According to the FDA, when foods are in direct contact with any packaging material, small, measurable amounts of the packaging materials may migrate into food and can be consumed with it. Heightened public awareness as well as scientific interest in the safe use of BPA has resulted in many stud


Safety of Plastics

The safety of plastics in various uses has often been questioned. Thoroughgoing testing on various plastics and the additives that go into making products for various applications has generally proven plastics to be safe. A recent FDA report concluded that Bisphenol A (BPA), an synthetic estrogen additive used to produce polycarbonate (PC) and epoxy resin, is safe for current uses in food contact packaging applications. “Based on the FDA’s ongoing safety review of scientific evidence, the available information continues to support the safety of BPA for the currently approved uses in foo


Plastics Color’s Components Are Part of the Drug Master File

For medical device products and pharmaceutical packaging applications such as pre-filled syringes, it is helpful to our customers in these markets to know that the polymers, colorants and additives used in compounding custom colors are part of a Drug Master File (DMF). A DMF is a confidential, detailed document submitted by Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) manufacturers to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. A DMF contains the chemistry, manufacturing and controls of a drug component or the components used to contain the drug. This is important because some drugs can react with the


PET does not contain BPA

A plastic bottle is a plastic bottle is a plastic bottle. Or NOT! There’s been a lot of misinformation in the consumer marketplace about plastic bottles that contain BPA (Bisphenol-A), which some groups claim is hazardous to our health. However, the FDA and other scientific and health organizations, have not found any link between developmental and reproductive disorders claimed by these groups and BPA, which is found in hard plastics. Some of the misinformation is confusing to consumers, who believe that all plastics contain BPA. Recently, in an effort to educate the public about the var


Food-contact surfaces and the EPA/FDA tug of war

When is a pesticide a pesticide? And when is a pesticide NOT a pesticide? When does an antimicrobial additive in plastic products used in food-contact surfaces become a “pesticide chemical?” These are just a few issues that the EPA and the FDA have been trying to sort out for quite some time. Fortunately for the plastics industry, the federal government tackled the issue and sought to clarify the antimicrobial oversight confusion that reared its ugly head with the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 (FQPA) with the Antimicrobial Regulation Technical Corrections Act of 1998 (ARTCA). That

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