9 Jul 2019

Low-PAH carbon blacks for regulated applications

Legislative bodies are now calling for lower levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in consumer articles. In order to satisfy these requirements, Birla Carbon has developed a range of certified low-PAH carbon blacks that are suitable for both food contact and use in consumer articles.

Carefree fun: Birla Carbon carbon blacks pose no risk to health.

What are PAHs?

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are compounds formed from fused aromatic rings – the simplest ring being benzene. These compounds are known carcinogens that are created whenever an organic material is partially combusted. Common sources of PAHs include gas heaters, vehicles and even barbecue grills. The compound most commonly referred to is benzo(alpha)pyrene (BaP), as it is easily identified and acts as a marker for other PAH compounds that may be present.