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FDA - USA Food & Drug Administration

Several iron compounds are used in the preparation of paper and paperboard materials contacting foods or as ingredients used to hasten the drying of films used in coating the inner surface of food cans. Neither the amounts used for these purposes nor the extent to which they might migrate to foods are known to the Select Committee. However, the extent of their migration to food is believed to be very slight. The Select committee concludes that: There is no evidence in the available information on elemental iron, ferrous sulfate, ferric chloride, ferric oxide, ferric sulfate, iron caprylate, iron linoleate, iron tallate, or the oxides of iron that demonstrates or suggests reasonable grounds to suspect a hazard to the public

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