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Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) has proposed a reorganization of the Positive Lists (PL) for synthetic resins for food utensils, containers, and packaging (UCP). 

By way of background, on April 28, 2020, MHLW published Notification No. 196 of 2020, which required approval of substances used in “synthetic resins” for food-contact articles. The Notification was accompanied by a PL of substances that could be used to produce food-contact utensils, containers, and packaging (UCP). The current structure of the lists of permitted substances is shown below.

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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.

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.

Keller and Heckman Partner Hazel O’Keeffe will be one of the presenters at Chem Academy’s Food Contact Materials Regulations Conference, to be held January 27-28, 2020, in Berlin, Germany. The title of her presentation is, “Japanese Legislation: Similarities and Differences to EU Legislation.”

For more information on the conference, including how to register, please click here.

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 Hazel O’Keeffe will give a presentation, titled, “Ensuring compliance with the Japanese food contact legislation – the challenges” at the 2020 Plastics and Paper in Contact with Foodstuffs virtual conference. The conference will provide insights on the latest legislation from jurisdictions around the world that impact plastic and paper food-contact materials and articles (as well as printing inks, coatings, and adhesives), along with compliance case studies.

Keller and Heckman partners Hazel O’Keeffe and Mark Thompson will be among the speakers at the 14th Biennial International Symposium on Worldwide Regulation of Food Packaging, to be held June 11-14, 2019, in Baltimore, Maryland. Ms. O’Keeffe will present “EU Activities Related to Food Packaging Safety Assessment”.  Mr. Thompson will present “Industry Perspective on Regulation of Food Packaging in Japan”.

Keller and Heckman Partner David Ettinger and Associate Eric Gu will speak on the Amendments to the Chemical Substance Control Law in Japan at the Chemical Watch Regulatory Summit Asia 2019. This three-day conference will take place in Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. More information, including how to register, can be found here.