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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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The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) issued two publications in May as part of its Series on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials, noting that risk assessment of nanomaterials can be challenging due to the difference in their physico-chemical properties as compared to non-nanomaterials. Consequently, these publications are intended to assist in the identification of useful parameters for analyzing nanomaterials, as well as the selection of best available methods for gathering relevant physico-chemical information on specific nanomaterials. 

MERCOSUR’s final draft of the revised GMC Resolution No. 32/07 permitting additives that may be used in the manufacture of plastic food-contact materials is undergoing a public national and international consultation prior to publication. The resolution includes specific migration limits and usage restrictions for an updated list of permitted additives, in addition to defining calculation methods for assessing compliance with SMLs.

Marisa Padula, a Scientific Researcher in the Packaging Technology Center of Brazil’s Institute of Food Sciences and Technology (ITAL), will join Dr. Dennis Keefe, Director of FDA’s Office of Food Additive Safety, and Dr. Elena Emelianova, a Scientific Evaluator in Health Canada’s Food Packaging Materials and Incidental Additives Section, as a guest speaker at Keller and Heckman’s 18th annual Food Packaging Law Seminar.

MERCOSUR (Mercado Común Del Sur or the "Common Market of the South") is revising GMC Resolution No. 32/07, "Positive List of Additives for Plastic Materials Intended for the Manufacture of Packages and Equipment in Contact with Foods," with a final resolution expected to be completed in 2017.