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Tough pouch reduces risk of contamination

A bag that makes it easier, and possibly safer, to collect and store breast milk has been developed by Medela Inc. and Rexam Medical Packaging.Breast milk is often frozen in bags and then transferred ...

July 1, 1999   Canadian Plastics



A bag that makes it easier, and possibly safer, to collect and store breast milk has been developed by Medela Inc. and Rexam Medical Packaging.

Breast milk is often frozen in bags and then transferred to a bottle to feed the baby. To reduce the risk of contamination, the Medela bags are presterilized and sealed. For filling, a small portion of the upper seal peels open to attach to a breast pump. To empty the bag, users tear off a bottom corner to expose a built-in spout. This reduces the risk of contamination because the liquid empties through a different opening than that used for filling.

Made of Eastman’s Eastacoat 1550P low density polyethylene, the bag is strong enough to resist splitting when frozen.

Jeremy Harvey, global product director at Rexam, says, “We selected Eastacoat because it was additive-free, and our testing showed it did not affect the taste of the milk.” Eastacoat is often used for extrusion coating, especially when a heat seal is required.

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Eastman Chemical Canada Inc.

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