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Global Food Regulation Highlights | February 2023

In February of 2023, China unveiled 38 national food safety standard drafts. South Korea implemented the Food Additive Code and relaxed restrictions on meat alternatives additives. Japan revised the maximum residue limits for seven pesticides. Indonesia unveiled the List of Permitted Probiotic Microorganisms in Processed Food. India issued the revised guidelines for submission of applications for endorsement of vegan logo. EU proposed restricted uses of PFAS in applications including food contact materials. UK proposed the maximum residue levels for thiram and mefentrifluconazole in certain foods. US FDA released the draft guidance for plant-based milk alternatives. Canada updated the List of Permitted Food Additives. FSANZ consulted on three new food additives.

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 February of 2023 below:


On February 13, 2023, the Department of Food Safety Standards, Risk Surveillance and Assessment under China National Health Commission (NHC) released the exposure drafts of 38 national food safety standards, which include 12 newly established standards, 21 newly revised standards, and 5 amendment sheets. These drafts mainly cover standards for contaminant limits, food products, nutritional fortification substance, foods for special dietary use, food additives and food-related products. (Read More)

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South Korea 

On February 14, 2023, the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) published the latest version of Food Additive Code, modifying the allowable usage limit of Methyl Cellulose, the standard of enzyme, and synthetic flavoring substance list. (Read More)

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On February 14, 2023, Japan MHLW released an amendment to Specification and Standards for Food, Food additives, Etc., revising the maximum residue limits (MRLs) for seven pesticides. They are acynonapyr, trifloxystrobin, fenarimol, fenpyrazamine, fluxametamide, flonicamid, and penthiopyrad. A one-year transition period for the MRLs of the above seven pesticides in some foods was given. During the transition period, the previous standards are still applicable. (Read More)

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Southeast Asia 

On February 7, 2023, Indonesia BPOM ratified Types of Microorganisms that Can be Used in Processed Foods, which includes 16 kinds of probiotic microorganisms, such as Bacillus coagulans, Bifidobacterium animalis, Lactobacillus acidophilus, etc. It specifies that the listed microorganisms can be used in all processed foods excluding processed food for special nutritional purposes (PKGK). Besides, it sets the minimum total number of microorganisms as 1 x 106 CFU/g or CFU/ml. (Read More)

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On February 27, 2023, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) issued the revised guidelines for submission of applications for endorsement of vegan logo. (Read More)

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European Chemicals Agency unveiled a restriction proposal on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) on February 7, 2023. PFASs are persistent substances, also named "forever chemicals", which will lead to irreversible environmental exposure and accumulation. The restriction proposal on PFAS is the broadest restriction proposal in EU's history, covering roughly 10,000 PFASs and food contact material (FCM) sector. (Read More)

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As revealed by two WTO notifications, UK is amending the Great Britain (GB) MRL Statutory Register (not applicable to Ireland) by proposing the maximum residue levels for thiram and mefentrifluconazole in certain foods.

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On February 22, 2023, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released the Labeling of Plant-Based Milk Alternatives and Voluntary Nutrient Statements: Guidance for Industry for public comment. According to the Guidance, FDA recommended using voluntary nutrient statements to label PBMA products labeled with the term "milk" in their names. (Read More)

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In February of 2023, Health Canada approved the use of two food enzymes from new sources, namely, lactase from Bacillus subtilis DH617, and subtilisin from Bacillus licheniformis PP6107. Besides, the use of erythritol as a sweetener and the use of acetic acid as a food additive have been extended. (Read More)

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Australia and New Zealand 

As revealed by Notification Circular 230-23 issued on February 8, 2023, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) opened three new food additives for public feedback. Any comments can be sent back before March 22, 2033.

The substances under consultation are:

  • alpha-arabinofuranosidase (EC as a processing aid for grain processing and potable alcohol production

  • endo-1,4-beta-xylanase (EC, sourced from a genetically modified (GM) strain of Trichoderma reesei (T. reesei), as a processing aid for brewing, fats and oils processing, grain processing and potable alcohol production

  • carboxypeptidase enzyme (EC, sourced from genetically modified (GM) Aspergillus oryzae (A. oryzae), as a new processing aid for the manufacture and/or processing of proteins, yeast and flavourings, the manufacture of bakery products as well as brewing

In addition, on February 16, FSANZ announced the approval of Application A1252, allowing the use of a protein engineered variant of the enzyme glucoamylase (EC sourced from a GM strain of Aspergillus niger. It serves as a processing aid in the manufacture of bakery products; brewing; and starch processing for the production of starch hydrolysates.

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