Container Corporation of Canada

Container Corporation of Canada

March 04, 2009 11:33 ET

Enviroclear Barrier System Receives FDA Approval

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 4, 2009) -

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Container Corporation of Canada and Strategic Partner, The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) of South Africa, are pleased to announce the successful completion of the FDA's Food Contact Notification process for its patented ENVIROCLEAR Barrier Coating Technology. This achievement demonstrates our commitment to providing the marketplace with a superior barrier technology, which is environmentally friendly and cost effective, says Norman Gottlieb, CEO of Container Corporation of Canada.

The Enviroclear Barrier Coating Technology was developed to extend product shelf life by significantly reducing the penetration of oxygen and the loss of carbon dioxide through plastic packages. When applied to a 500ml PET or polypropylene bottle, the Enviroclear technology provides an oxygen (O2) barrier of .001cc/pkg/day (42 x's uncoated PET) and .0025cc/pkg/day (25 x's uncoated PET) respectively. When applied to a PET 12oz carbonated soft drink bottle, the barrier improvement factor (BIF) is 6.4 times for carbon dioxide (CO2) retention compared with a standard PET bottle.

Enviroclear's recycling and sustainability benefits are a superior alternative to current materials based barrier technologies, which can pollute recycling streams. In addition, and because Enviroclear is applied to the outside surface of the package, the technology has a zero impact on product sensory performance.

The Enviroclear Barrier Coating Technology has been successfully applied to plastic closures, thermoformed tubs and other forms of packaging with the same superior results as when applied to plastics bottles.

Hot fill oxygen sensitive bottles for single serve juice, beer and other glass and can replacements are a core objective of the Enviroclear Barrier System.

The cost of the finished barrier bottle has proven to be the most cost effective of any other alternative in the market today with better barrier results.

Combined with Container Corporation of Canada's Enviroclear Technology, which can produce a two stage injection stretch blow mold clarified polypropylene bottles and wide mouth jars, that are as clear as glass, results in a viable, economical alternative for hot fill barrier packaging.

As the chemical components are FDA approved for direct food contact, there would be no change in the resin identification number designation on the bottom of the bottle.

Container Corporation of Canada also supplies the bottle blowing equipment and application equipment for the Enviroclear Barrier System and is pleased to license the technology.

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