PUL Safety and Food Use

FDA Regulation of Food Contact Materials

There is the potential for transfer of chemicals from the packaging to the food, which is why FDA regulations surrounding food contact materials exist. Understanding this legislation is key to coffering safe and legally compliant snack bags.




In the US, the regulatory status of a food contact material or article is determined by the regulatory status of each individual substances that constitute the material or article. A substance intended for use as a component of materials used in manufacturing, packaging, transporting, or holding food (also known as food contact substance) is regulated as indirect food additive under the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) and Title 21 Code of Federal Regulations (21 CFR)A food contact material or article is compliant only if all food contact substances contained have got FDA clearances.

It should be noted that only those food contact substances that migrate to the food (i.e., expected to become a component of the food) are regarded as indirect food additives and require FDA pre-market clearance. For example, if a substance is separated from food by a functional barrier and prevented from migration, the substance will not be considered as indirect food additives, and thus not require FDA clearance.

All of the PUL we offer at Nature's Fabrics is free from BPA, lead and 10 different phthalates. It is also free of ALL fluorinated chemicals PFAS , PFOA and PFOS. The PUL is FDA accepted.