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On August 20, 2021, China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA) requested comments on 11 food-contact materials and articles, including five new additives, four food-contact materials and articles for usage expanded, and two new resins. 

New Additives for Food-Contact Materials and Articles

On July 26, 2021, the China National Health Commission (NHC) approved 3 new food-contact materials, 9 food-contact materials with expanded usage, and 7 new resins. The substances and specifications are listed below.

New Food-Contact Materials and Articles

How Are Colorants for Food Packaging Regulated in Japan?

I understand that the Japan MHLW Notification No. 196 includes a positive list of substances used in synthetic resins used in food contact...

On June 29, 2021, China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA) requested comments on 8 food-contact materials and articles, including one new food-contact material, one new additive, five food-contact materials for expanded use, and one new disinfectant. The substances and specifications are shown below. 

New Food-Contact Material

Keller and Heckman attorneys and scientists will be among the speakers at the 5th International Conference on Food Contact Compliance in Baveno, Italy, September 25-27. They will be presenting on the following topics:

Partner Jeff Keithline and associate Rachel Bond will present "Food Contact Requirements in Asia and Latin America" at Product Stewardship 2018 on September 27, in Washington, DC. The conference, to be held September 27-29, brings professionals from over a dozen different industry sectors to discuss global emerging issues, case studies, practical experiences, and new developments.

David Ettinger presented "All Wrapped Up: food-contact regulations in China" at the Food Contact Regulations Asia 2017 Conference, held on November 23, 2017 in Singapore. David's presentation will provide an overview of China's Food Safety Law, China's GB Packaging standards and updates, and Chinese Food-Contact Petition procedures. To learn more, click here.

Keller and Heckman Partner David Ettinger will be giving the keynote presentation at Chemical Watch’s 2nd Annual Food Contact Regulations Asia Conference. David’s presentation, “Overview of Global Food Contact Materials (FCM’s) Regulations: What’s Happening and Future Trends,” will kick off this one-day focused event, designed to get attendees completely up-to-date with the complex and changing landscape of food contact regulations throughout Asia.

A South Korean study published on June 25, 2021 in Food and Chemical Toxicology reported the results of overall and specific migration testing of various food contact plastic materials using food simulants. The data indicate that the minimal migration of evaluated substances from plastic food packaging and their corresponding dietary concentrations pose no significant human health or safety concerns.

The Thai Ministry of Industry notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of five draft food-contact regulations on June 9, 2021. The draft regulations, which establish standards for various plastic utensils and plastic bags for foods, are described below.