Calumet City, Ill., August 17, 2011-PCC (Plastics Color Corporation), a leading supplier of color concentrates, compounds and additive masterbatches for the plastics industry, today announced the certification of several color concentrates in its polypropylene product line by NSF International, a public health and safety organization. NSF International certifies products and writes standards for food, water and consumer goods.
The PCC materials listed below are certified by NSF International as meeting all requirements of 21 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) for additives that hold or contact food and NSF/ANSI Standard 51: Food Equipment Materials, which defines requirements for materials used in the making of commercial food equipment.
PCC's NSF Certified Materials are:
The materials are used primarily in refrigerators, dishwashers and small kitchen appliances where food contacts the inside surfaces. Each certified material is reviewed to determine its resistance to leaching component materials and gases into foods. The materials are certified after reviewing for various conditions, including the specific type of food that would contact the surface, and operating temperatures.
According to PCC President Doug Borgsdorf, the company pursued certification in response to a recognized need in the market. "We wanted to enhance our offerings in a sector that we currently service and saw an opportunity to support our customers' growth. We invested in NSF certification because of the number of customers we currently have in the appliance business and as a means to provide a better product. It's just another way PCC is listening to our customers and delivering polymer solutions that help them develop market-leading products." The certification process is another innovation from PCC's Solutions Center in North Carolina.
PCC's Asheboro, North Carolina Lab Manager Jennifer Presnell, says "earning NSF certification for these materials, will make our colorants more appealing in the marketplace. We can save equipment manufacturers both time and money when they use one of PCC's NSF certified formulas." And, according to Presnell, "NSF will continually audit us to verify consistency in formulations just as we constantly monitor our suppliers to ensure quality control on our end."
"By PCC stepping up to the plate and obtaining NSF Certification for these colorants, equipment manufacturers who use these materials in dishwashers and refrigerators, can benefit from an expedited certification process resulting in both time and cost savings," said Joe Phillips, General Manager of NSF International's Food Equipment Certification Program.
Plastics Color's VP of Business Development Tim Workman says that the NSF Certification provides a huge market advantage for PCC in the appliance manufacturing sector. "The NSF Certified Mark is recognized by both manufacturers and consumers alike and offers a selling advantage that very few materials producers enjoy."
About Plastics Color Corporation
Plastics Color Corporation (PCC), headquartered in Calumet City, Ill., is a global provider of colorants, compounds, additive masterbatches and custom polymer solutions for an extensive range of markets including pharmaceuticals, medical, consumer goods and others. PCC supports virtually every type of manufacturing process and material. We engage our customers from concept to commercialization and help them develop new cutting-edge products that lead the market. PCC has more than 40 years' experience in the polymer industry and operates fully-equipped product development laboratories and manufacturing facilities in California, Illinois, North Carolina, and Nanjing, China. PCC's Illinois and North Carolina labs are certified by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation, A2LA. PCC also provides testing and product development services through our Solutions Center in Asheboro, N.C. For more information, call (800) 922-9936 or visit www.plasticscolor.com.