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EFSA Concludes Safety of Perfluoromethyl Perfluorovinylether in FCM (European Union)

August 18, 2015

The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids (CEF Panel) has released scientific opinion regarding perfluoromethyl perfluorovinylether, concluding it is safe for use in food contact materials.

Perfluoromethyl Perfluorovinylether is used in polymers for the production of O-rings, gaskets and seals in food processing applications. Based on available toxicological data, it is concluded that the substance is not of genotoxic concern. The panel also noted that it is safe when used as a co-monomer for fluoro- and perfluoropolymers intended for repeated use applications, where the contact ratio is 1dm2 surface in contact with not less than 150 kg food.