South Korea Consults on the Revision of Food Act
On March 31, 2020, MFDS consulted on the revision of "Food Act". Any opinions shall be sent prior to June 1st, 2020. Here's the main content.
1. Six more aquatic products can be used as food raw material. They are argis lar, buccinum kushiroensis, buccinum osagawai, solenocera Melantho, hippoglossus hippoglossus and sebastes mentella.
2. Newly added the test methods for GM food MZIR098, GHB811, MS11 and the screening test method for certain GM soy beans.
3. The use limits of sorbic acid, potassium sorbate and calcium sorbate in margarine is revised from 1.0 g/kg to 2.0 g/kg, etc.
Japan Revises Ordinance for Enforcement of the Food Sanitation Act and Standards and Criteria for Food and Food Additives
On Mar. 31, 2020, Japan MHLW announced the amendments to "Ordinance for Enforcement of the Food Sanitation Act " and “Standards and Criteria for Food and Food Additives”. The main content includes adding psicose epimerase in Appendix 1 of “Ordinance for Enforcement of the Food Sanitation Act”, and revising or adding the residue limits of 5 pesticides and 1 veterinary drug in food. The change came into effect on the date of promulgation. However, some pesticides will come into effect six months later. For more translation service, please email email@example.com.
China Bans the Importation of Poultry Products from the Phillipines
On March 31, 2020, China bans the importation of poultry and poultry products from the Phillipines. The notice came into effect on the right day.
Regulatory updates: GB 31650-2019 Maximum Residue Limits for Veterinary Drugs in Foods Comes into Effect on April 1st
GB 31650-2019 Maximum Residue Limits for Veterinary Drugs in Foods comes into effect on April 1st, 2020. For more translation service please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Four Ingredients Regarded as Designated Substances by MHLW
On Mar 27, 2020, in accordance with the provision of article 8（1）of the “Food Sanitation Law”, some ingredients require special attention of preventing the occurrence of harm to food hygiene and safety. Therefore, after hearing the opinion of the Pharmaceutical Affairs and Food Sanitation Council (PAFSC), the following four ingredients are regarded as the designated substances: Coleus forskohlii, Celandine, Pueraria mirifica and Black cohosh. According to the regulations in Japan, designated ingredients can be used in food production only when it conforms to “Standards and Criteria for Food and Food Additives”
MHLW Resets the Maximum Limit of Methanol in Alcoholic Beverages
On Mar 25, 2020, MHLW reset the maximum limit of methanol in alcoholic beverages from 1mg / cm3 to 1.2mg/ml. Alcoholic beverage with methanol content above 1.2mg/ml shall not be marketed as shown in article 6 (2) of the “Food Sanitation Law”. However, alcoholic products with a methanol content of less than 5 mg / ml labeled as "not intended for direct drinking, food ingredients, etc., " are not included in this range.
Chinese Govements Release Coupons to Encourage Consumption
In order to reduce the impact of Covid-2019, many cities in China released digital coupons to encourage the consumption. For example Nanjing released the consumption coupon valued at 318 million yuan, covering the consumption of catering, sports, books, rural area traveling, etc. Hangzhou also released a batch of coupons valued at 37.8 million yuan, which greatly promoted the consumption with 596 million yuan within 4 days.
Singapore Approves the Importation of Chilled Pork and Suckling Pig (Frozen) From Malaysia
On March 28, 2020, Singapore approves the importation of chilled pork and suckling pig (frozen) from Malaysia. The additional import conditions for the export of chilled pork are:
a) The country from which the animals are derived from has been free from trichinosis for past six (6) months prior to slaughter and date of slaughter; OR Carcasses from which the pork was derived has been tested and found free from trichinosis.
b) Chilled pork has been derived from gilts and castrates; and the products do not contain any harmful residues.
c) Chilled pork has not been treated with chemical decontamination.
d) Chilled pork has been produced under strict hygienic condition, vacuum packed and have a shelf life of over 6 weeks.
South Korea Revises the Implementation Rules of Imported Food Safety Management Act
On March 31, 2020, Korea revises the Implementation Rules of Imported Food Safety Management Act. The revision will come into effect on the same day. Here are the main content.
To good importers and good foreign food facilities, when it comes to the revision of health functional food formula, only the cases that involving the change about active ingredients need to apply for alteration registration.
To those who want to export foods with toys to South Korea, toys and foods must be packaged separately, etc.
Taiwan Consults on the Examination Method of Aflatoxin
On March 26, 2020, Taiwan FDA consulted on the examination method of aflatoxin, which expanded the application scope to "edible oil, nuts, oil seeds, dried fruits, soybeans" and incorporated peanuts into "nuts" and corns into "cereals". The minimal limits of aflatoxin in foods was revised to 0.2μg/kg for Aflatoxin B1 and G1; 0.1μg/kg for Aflatoxin B2 and G2. The minimal limits of aflatoxin in spices was revised to 1.0μg/kg for Aflatoxin B1 and G1 and 0.5μg/kg for Aflatoxin B2 and G2. The consultation lasts for 60 days.