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Global Food Regulation Highlights | April 2023

In April of 2023, China proposed new version of GB 4806.1-2016 General Safety Requirements for Food Contact Materials and Articles. South Korea updated the Food Code. Japan proposed to amend the Specification and Standards for Food, Food additives. Singapore released Food (Amendment) Regulations 2023. India acted against food business operators involved in false or misleading advertisement and claims. EU proposed revisions to existing marketing standards for several agri-food products. UK intended to introduce a new mechanism for food imports. US solicited public comments for food labeling requirements. Canada modified the List of Permitted Supplemental Ingredients. Australia and New Zealand proposed to update regulatory requirements for infant formula.

To help food business stakeholders to navigate the ever-changing regulatory landscape in the global food industry, ChemLinked presented Global Food Regulation Highlights, a monthly report which delivers major and general regulation dynamics all around the world. Find out what's new on food regulation worldwide in April of 2023 below:

China 

On April 19, 2023, CFSA released the draft of the new version of GB 4806.1-2016 General Safety Requirements for Food Contact Materials and Articles, which is the most fundamental and general standard for food contact materials (FCM) in China, applying to all kinds of FCM. The draft proposes changes to the definitions, basic requirements, compliance principles, and product information. This is the first time that a new version has been proposed since its implementation in 2016. (Read More)

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South Korea 

As revealed by the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) on April 11, 2023, the Food Code is updated. The modifications mainly cover the optimizing pesticides MRL lists and revising veterinary drugs requirements. (Read More)

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Japan 

On April 12, 2023, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) of Japan issued No. 495230017 amendment to revise and add new limits for the use of some additives in some foods. The feedback period ends on May 12, 2023. (Read More)

Substances  

Present  

Proposal  

Food  

Limit  

Food  

Limit  

Pinoxaden

Citrus fruits (excluding citrus)

≤0.01g/kg

Citrus fruits (excluding citrus)

≤0.01g/kg

Potato

Unspecified limit

Potato

≤0.007g/kg

Difenoconazole

/

/

Potato

≤0.004g/kg

Dimethyl dicarbonate (DMDC)

/

/

Fruit wine (without wine)/Beverage

≤0.25g/kg

Wine

≤0.2g/kg

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Southeast Asia 

On April 18, 2023, the Singapore Food Authority issued the 2023 Food Safety Regulation Amendment. The main amendments are as follows: (1) It is stipulated that foods containing IV preservatives are not allowed to be imported, produced, and sold, except liquid eggs and their products, cheese, canned food, etc.; (2) revising the definition of fungicides; (3) amending the scope and definition of some products in the veterinary drug residue limit standards, including crustaceans, ruminants, etc.; (4) formulating the maximum residue limits for 6α-methylprednisolone and other veterinary drugs in some foods. This amendment has come into force on April 28, 2023. (Read More)

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India 

On April 22, 2023, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) released a press statement regarding its efforts to act against food business operators involved in false or misleading advertisement and claims. FSSAI said it has become aware of various media reports, including those on social media, in which food business operators in India have made health claims that are not permissible. In response to these reports, FSSAI has set up a dedicated Advertisement Monitoring Committee. This committee is responsible for regularly scrutinizing the advertisements and claims made by the food business operators on various channels, including social media and e-commerce platforms. The committee has identified 138 cases of false or misleading claims made by many prominent brands. (Read More)

On April 29, 2023, FSSAI issued a press release on its action against misleading claims and advertisements, indicating that its Advertisement Monitoring Committee has reported 32 fresh cases (Read More).

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EU 

The Commission proposed revisions to existing marketing standards for several agri-food products, including fruit and vegetables, fruit juices and jams, honey, poultry, and eggs. As part of these revisions, fruit juice labels will be allowed to bear the mention "with no added sugars" to clarify that fruit juices cannot contain added sugars (unlike fruit nectars), which is a feature that is often unknown to consumers. Additionally, reformulated fruit juices will be allowed to indicate "reduced-sugar fruit juice" on their labels and "coconut water" may now be used alongside "coconut juice". (Read More)

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UK 

To establish UK's own border control measures after the Brexit, UK government released a guidance named "The Border Target Operating Model" on April 5, 2023. Two key elements are introduced, namely, a new safety and security model, and a new sanitary and phytosanitary goods model. (Read More)

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America 

On April 12, 2023, the U.S. FDA announced to seek comments associated with statutory and regulatory food labeling requirements. Label revisions involved in the announcement, including but not limited to product characteristic labels, ingredient labeling requirements, nutritional information disclosure, nutrition labels for dietary supplements, and exempt labels etc. Any comments shall be submitted by June 12, 2023. (Read More)

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Canada 

On April 17, 2023, Canada issued a notice, aiming to enable the use of L-alpha-glycerylphosphorylcholine as a source of supplemental choline by modifying the List of Permitted Supplemental Ingredients. (Read More)

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Australia and New Zealand 

On April 26, 2023, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) opened P1028 - Infant Formula for consultation. Major revisions include category definitions, composition, labelling and representation of infant formula products. Any comments can be sent back before 6pm (Canberra time) 7 July 2023. (Read More)

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