See: food contact substance notification program at US Food and Drug Administration
Law: US Code (Search for Title 21, Chapter 9, Subchapter IV, Section 348: Food Additives)
Regulations: US Code of Federal Regulations (Search for Title 21, Chapter I, Subchapter B, Part 177: Indirect Food Additives: Polymers)
Summary: The Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act, through its Food Additive Amendment, regulates plastics that come into contact with food during manufacturing, packing, packaging, transporting, or holding food. Under the law, any product that comes into contact with and can leach into food is considered a food additive, and must be shown as safe for human consumption to get US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval.
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