Global Food Regulation Highlights | May 2023
In May of 2023, China published the updated catalogue of new food raw materials, food additives, food contact materials and their applicable standards. South Korea consulted on COO labeling requirements for imported foods. Japan expanded food labeling scope for food for special dietary uses. Malaysia proposed to revise Food Regulations 1985. India announced to conduct PAN-India milk & milk products surveillance 2023. EU improved the regulation on food contaminant levels. UK published updated guidance for companies submitting EPR packaging data. US solicited comments for repealing titanium dioxide as a color additive in food. Canada updated guidance on Front-of-Package (FOP) nutrition labeling. Australia and New Zealand accepted the application of first whole GM fruit.
China Consults on Administrative Measures for Health Food, FSMP, Drug and Medical Device Advertising
On May 29, 2023, the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) released a consultation draft of Administrative Measures on the Review of Health Food, FSMP, Drug and Medical Device Advertisements. This draft revises the Interim Administrative Measures to address issues that have arisen since its implementation. Major revisions include the regulation of internet live-streaming and advertising for health foods and food for special medical purposes (FSMP). Any comments can be submitted before June 28, 2023.
Hong Kong Proposes Amendments to the Preservatives in Food Regulation
Hong Kong Government launched a public consultation on the proposed amendments to the Preservatives in Food Regulation, in order to keep the standards of preservatives and antioxidants on par with international standards. An 18-month grace period will be given after the regulation's enactment.
Japan Expands Food Labeling Scope for Food for Special Dietary Uses
On May 19, 2023, the Consumer Affairs Agency of Japan amended the labeling requirements for Food for Special Dietary Uses (FOSDU)*. According to the amendment, enterprises now can apply for FOSDU labels for oral rehydration solution (ORS) products. The label review criteria are as follows.