Mirel bioplastics grades cleared for food contact use

| May 31, 2010
Mirel F1005 and F1006, members of the Mirel bioplastic family by bioscience company Metabolix Inc. and agri-giant Archer Daniels Midland Co., are now cleared for use in nonalcoholic food contact applications by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according to Metabolix. Mirel is now suitable for a wide range of injection-molded food service and packaging applications including caps, closures and disposable items such as forks, spoons, knives, tubs, trays and hot cup lids. The clearance also includes products such as house wares, cosmetics and medical packaging.

Mirel bioplastics have the physical properties of petroleum-based resins, but are biobased and biodegradable in natural soil and water environments, in home composting systems and in industrial composting facilities.