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Keller and Heckman Partner Rachel Bond will present "Legal Requirements for the Use of Recycled Plastic in Food Contact Applications" at the Chemical Watch Regulatory Summit on Latin America. She will review regulations in MERCOSUR Countries (Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay) and the Andean Community (Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru).

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

Keller and Heckman Partner Jeffery Keithline and Associate Kathryn Skaggs will be among the speakers at this year’s Smithers Global Food Contact Conference. New this year, Global Food Contact 2020 will be presented as a four-part webinar series that will take place July 14, 16, 21, and 23.

Ms. Skaggs's presentation, titled, “Andean Community Nations and Chile – Food Contact Legislation Explained,” is scheduled for July 14. Mr. Keithline will discuss Indian Food Contact Regulations and Updates on July 16.

Keller and Heckman Partner Catherine R. Nielsen will be one of the speakers at Chemical Watch’s virtual conference: Regulatory Updates: Latin America. Ms. Nielsen’s presentation is titled, “Regulatory updates: Food contact materials across the Mercosur trade bloc.” Other speakers will discuss the latest developments concerning chemical regulations across Latin America.

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

Keller and Heckman Counsel Natalie Rainer will discuss the MERCOSUR’s positive list of additives for plastic food-contact materials (FCMs) at a webinar on Recycled Packaging for Food Contact in South America. Other speakers include Antonio Arellano, Technical Manager, Nestle Peru & Bolevia and Professor Alejandro Ariosti, National Institute of Industrial Technology, Argentina, who will provide an overview of Latin American regulations impacting recycled FCMs.

Keller & Heckman Partner Rachel Bond will be one of the speakers at Circular Polyolefins Americas. The title of her presentation is, “Regulatory Update on Recycled Plastics for Food Contact in U.S. and Latin America.”

Targets set by brand owners and regulators are contributing to a growing demand for recyclates and U.S. lawmakers are increasingly interested in shifting more of recycling costs to packaging producers and brand owners. Yet, supply to meet established targets remains limited, especially for recycled resins to be utilized in food and beverage packaging.

On December 4, 2019, Brazil’s National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) published Resolução Da Directoria Colegiada (RDC) No. 326, de 3 de Dezembro de 2019 (RDC 326/2019), the Technical Regulation on the positive list of additives for the preparation of plastic materials and polymeric coatings intended to contact food.

The Mercosur Technical Regulations on Positive List of Additives for Plastic Materials and Polymeric Coatings Intended to Contact Food (GMC Res. 39/19) was adopted on July 15, 2019, after a 6-year revision process. This regulation must be transposed into Mercosur Member States’ laws to become effective and replace GMC Res. 32/07. This process could take up to a year, explained Associate Kathryn Skaggs at Keller and Heckman’s 20th Annual Food Packaging Law Seminar, held September 24-25, 2019, in Arlington, Virginia.

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