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China State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) requested comments on two Voluntary National Standards concerning biodegradable materials.

Keller and Heckman Associate Eric Gu will give a presentation on “Japan’s new Positive List system and criteria on recycled materials for food packaging” at the Recycled Packaging for Food Contact ASIA webinar. Other presenters during this virtual seminar will discuss the current governing rules on the use of recycled content and standards for food-grade applications in China and other key Asian countries. 

Keller and Heckman Partner Mark Thompson, along with Lou Sherman, Chair of the Australasian Pulp and Paper Technical Association (Appita) Food Contact Committee, will discuss recent updates on global food contact regulation for paper and plastics, including regulations for recycled content in food packaging. The discussion also will incorporate the latest developments in Chinese concerning regulations for paper food contact materials and articles.

More information, including how to register, can be found here.

The Thai Industrial Standards Institute (TISI) notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) on May 11, 2021, concerning four draft food contact regulations. The draft technical regulations are described below.

Keller and Heckman Associate Eric Gu will give a presentation on food packaging regulation in the Asia-Pacific region, with a focus on regulatory regimes in China and Japan, at the Vitafoods Insights Virtual Expo, which is being held virtually. The key themes of the expo are mental performance, gut and immune health, sports and active nutrition, healthy ageing.

More information, including how to register, can be found here.

On April 21, 2021, China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA) requested comments on five food-contact substances, including three new resins, one food-contact material, and one expanded-use additive. The substances and specifications are shown below. 

New Food-Contact Materials and Articles

India’s central government has issued a draft nationwide proposal to mandate certain requirements for plastic carry-out bags and to ban certain single-use plastics beginning in 2022. A Draft Notification Plastic Waste Management (Amendment) Rules, 2021, published by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change on March 12, 2021, announced the proposed ban that would take place in three phases.

On February 20, 2021, China National Health Commission (NHC) approved 2 new food-contact materials, 3 additives for expanded usage and 1 new resin. The substances and specifications are listed below.

New Food-Contact Materials

Keller and Heckman Associate Eric Gu will present, “Japan’s Positive List for Food Contact Substances,” at the Food Contacts Regulations Asia 2021 Seminar, hosted by Chemical Watch, on February 22, 2021. This virtual event brings together speakers from across Asia to offer the latest developments in Asian legislation, along with speakers from around the world to discuss international regulations. 

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Keller and Heckman Parnter David Ettinger, Associate Eric Gu, and Staff Scientist Chen Hu will present, “Submitting Food-Contact Petitions in China: Pitfalls and Challenges,” at Food Contact Asia 2020 in Shanghai, China, October 19, 2020. This event attracts professionals from the entire food contact supply chain to discuss innovations, develop solutions, and build relationships needed to thrive in this market.