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FDA Grants Kraton Polymers Petition to use SEBS Polymers With Foods Containing Free Fats and Oils
Thursday April 19, 5:00 pm ET

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kraton Polymers LLC (Kraton), a leading global engineered polymer company, today announced that on April 7, 2007 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the Kraton styrene-ethylene-butylene-styrene (SEBS) products for use in fatty food applications. These Kraton polymers are listed with the FDA as CAS Reg. No. 66070-58-4. This product line has been cleared for use in non-fatty food applications for 30 years.

All current FDA grade Kraton SEBS products can now be used for all types of food packaging in all conditions of use as defined by the FDA. This will allow Kraton's customers the flexibility of using our SEBS polymers in direct contact with food containing free fats and oils. Kraton SEBS products offer impact and puncture resistance, clarity, flexibility and toughness which are unmatched in the industry.

"Kraton is committed to bringing innovations to the packaging and films market and with these new FDA clearances we continue to confirm our position as the innovation leader," said Michael Oberkirch, Vice President and General Manager - Packaging and Films of Kraton. "Food manufacturers and their packaging converters are continually looking for ways to enhance the performance of their packaging solutions, whether it's to better protect the product inside or to simply extend shelf life, and these new FDA clearances give our customers greater flexibility to pursue the performance they require."

About Kraton

Kraton is a leading global engineered polymer company and, we believe, the world's largest producer of styrenic block copolymers (SBCs), a family of products whose chemistry was pioneered by us over forty years ago. SBCs are highly-engineered thermoplastic elastomers, which enhance the performance of numerous products by delivering a variety of attributes, including greater flexibility, resilience, strength, durability and processability. Kraton polymers are used in a wide range of applications including adhesives, coatings, consumer and personal care products, sealants, lubricants, medical, packaging, automotive, paving, roofing, and footwear products. Kraton has the leading position in nearly all of its core markets and is the only producer of SBCs with global manufacturing capability. Its production facilities are located in the United States, The Netherlands, Germany, France, Brazil, and Japan.

Source: Kraton Polymers, LLC.

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