Tue, 01/15/2008 - 8:30am
These thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) compounds enable manufacturers of medical and other regulated products to comply with regulations aimed at preventing the transmission of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). 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. They are recommended for use in applications as varied as medical tubing, syringe tips, toothbrushes, ear plugs, and food packaging seals. Directives from the European Union and the U.S. FDA aimed at preventing the transmission of BSE (popularly called “Mad Cow Disease”) impose strict limitations on the use of ADMs in such regulated products.