EPA honors Engelhard for design of safer chemicals

Pigment & Resin Technology

ISSN: 0369-9420

Article publication date: 1 December 2004

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(2004), "EPA honors Engelhard for design of safer chemicals", Pigment & Resin Technology, Vol. 33 No. 6. https://doi.org/10.1108/prt.2004.12933fab.012

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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EPA honors Engelhard for design of safer chemicals

EPA honors Engelhard for design of safer chemicals

Keywords: Environmental health and safety, Chemicals

Engelhard Corporation was honored with a Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at a ceremony held at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC. Engelhard was recognized for “the design of safer chemicals,” specifically the company’s “Rightfit” organic pigments, which provide environmentally friendly, value-added color to packaging used in the food, beverage, petroleum product, detergent, and household and durable goods markets. Red, orange and yellow pigments historically were based on lead, chromium and cadmium until the EPA began to regulate the use of heavy metals. Engelhard Rightfit pigments contain calcium, strontium, or sometimes barium instead of the heavy metals, thereby reducing risks to human health and the environment. Because of their low potential toxicity and very low migration, most rightfit pigments have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Canadian Health Protection Branch (HPB) for indirect food contact applications.