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China Notifies WTO about Adhesives Standard; Requests Comments on Other FCMs

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On June 3, 2019, China’s National Health Commission (NHC) notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) concerning its Food Safety National Standard Adhesives for Use in Food-Contact Materials and Articles (G/SPS/N/CHN/1147). Comments on the Standard are due by August 2, 2019. This standard specified the safety requirements such as the scope, terminologies and definitions, product classification, basic requirements, technical requirements, migration test and label identification of adhesives for food contact materials and products. (For more information, see the article, China Releases Draft Adhesives Standard for FCMs.)

On June 18, 2019, China’s National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA) issued a notification soliciting comments on two food-contact materials (FCMs). The first is for expanded use of C.I. Disperse Violet 26;Disperse Violet H-FRL;1,4-diamino-2,3-diphenoxyanthraquinone (CAS No. 6408-72-6) in acrylonitrile-styrene copolymer (AS) at a maximum use level of 0.0003%. The second is for a new resin, Formaldehyde, polymer with 4-(1,1-dimethylethyl)phenol and bisphenol A (CAS No. 54579-44-1), to be used at a maximum level of 15% in coatings and coating layers, where the temperature does not exceed 130oC. In addition, the resin would not be used in contact with infant food and breast milk. The comments are due by July 11, 2019.