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New TPEs Comply with ‘Mad Cow’ Regulations

Posted by: Mu Ju 2019-05-30 Comments Off on New TPEs Comply with ‘Mad Cow’ Regulations

Teknor Apex, Pawtucket, R.I., has introduced what it calls the first TPEs that comply with regulations aimed at preventing the transmission of so-called "mad cow disease." Two series of Uniprene and Monprene TPEs comply with the requirements because they contain no animal-derived materials (ADMs) such as lubricants based on beef tallow. Potential applications include medical tubing, syringe tips, toothbrushes, ear plugs, and food-packaging seals. Teknor claims that a majority of polymers-including TPEs-contain some animal-derived material. Directives from the European Union and the U.S. FDA put strict limitations on the use of ADMs in medical and other regulated products. Teknor’s new ADM-free TPEs are exact counterparts to standard Uniprene and Monprene compounds. ADM-free Uniprene olefinic TPVs come in hardness from 45 to 80 Shore A, while Monprene styrenic triblock copolymers are available in 38 to 65 Shore A.

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