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Italian Court Issues Decision in Biodegradability Case

An Italian court has ruled in favor of biotech firm Novamont in its case against Kromabatch, which distributes oxo-biodegradable plastics additive d2w in Italy, over claims that traditional plastics with added d2w could be labeled “biodegradable” or “oxo-biodegradable,” Waste Management World reports.

Novamont said that the Companies Section of the Court of Milan’s ruling means that labeling these traditional plastics as biodegradable constitutes unfair competition because it unlawfully represents the product and gives incorrect information to the consumer.

The decision follows a US Federal Trade Commission chief administrative law judge’s decision that ECM BioFilms’ biodegradable plastics claim is supported by scientific evidence.

In his Jan. 28 decision, D. Michael Chappell rejected the FTC’s challenge to ECM’s claim that its plastics additive, ECM MasterBatch Pellets, causes plastics to biodegrade.

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