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Global Food Regulation Highlights | January 2024

Top food regulatory updates in January 2024: ● Thailand issues three notifications regarding the nutrition labeling of prepackaged food (Effective on July 2, 2024) ● China consults on four national food safety standards, including GB standards for the labeling of prepackaged food, FSMP and complementary baby food ● South Korea revises "Health Functional Food Act", introducing the new food category of Custom Health Functional Food (Effective on January 3, 2025) ● Taiwan revises Act Governing Food Safety and Sanitation, representing tougher stance on food advertising violations (Effective on January 31, 2024) ● Japan proposes amendments to regulations for dairy products, establishing new product standards for certain dairy products that can be stored at room temperature ● EU, US, Canada, Australia & New Zealand have updates on food additives and (or) food ingredients. E.g., Canada permits the use of green tea extract (EGCG/catechins) as a kind of supplemental ingredients.

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 January of 2024 below:

China

On January 19, 2024, China National Health Commission (NHC) opened four GB standards for public feedback. The national food safety standards under consultation are: a) GB 7718 General Standard for the Labeling of Prepackaged Food; b) GB 29922 General Rules for Food for Special Medical Purposes; c) GB 22570 Complementary Food Supplements; and d) GB XXXX Nutritional Fortification Substance Vitamin K2 (Synthesis). Any comments can be sent back prior to February 29, 2024. (Read More)

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South Korea

After conducting a trial run on “Custom Health Functional Food” in 2020, South Korea has finally implemented regulatory provisions related to this new food category by amending the Health Functional Food Act on January 1, 2024, which will be effective on January 3, 2025. The Act specifies the business obligations and Custom Health Functional Food Manager's duties. The new food category aims to stimulate South Korea's health functional food industry, provide more options for consumers, and effectively control product safety. (Read More)

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Japan

On January 19, 2024, Japan Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) revealed an amendment for the Ministerial Ordinance Concerning Compositional Standards, Etc. for Milk and Milk Products. The amendment aims to establish new product standards for certain dairy products that can be stored at room temperature. Stakeholders and the public have the opportunity to provide comments on the proposed changes until February 17, 2024. The revised standards are expected to come into effect in mid-March 2024. (Read More)

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Southeast Asia 

On January 5, 2024, Thai Food and Drug Administration (FDA) unveiled three notifications related to the nutrition labeling of prepackaged food, including:

  1. Ministry of Public Health Notification (No. 445) B.E. 2023 regarding Nutrition Labels

  2. Ministry of Public Health Notification (No. 446) B.E. 2023 regarding Foods Required to Display Nutrition Labels and Levels of Energy, Sugar, Fat and Sodium in GDA format (No. 2)

  3. Ministry of Public Health Notification (No. 447) B.E. 2023 regarding Health Claims of Food on Labels

These notifications will enter into force on July 2, 2024, while a grace period of three years is given to food stakeholders. (Read More)

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European Union (EU) 

In Jan 2024, the EU issued four regulations, amending Regulation (EC) No 1334/2008 on Flavourings and Certain Food Ingredients with Flavouring Properties for Use in and on Foods, and Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 on Food Additive. The amendments include the deletion of flavourings, revisions on certain flavourings' use condition, changes on the descriptions of the food categories of alcoholic beverages, revisions on the use condition of many additives in certain alcoholic beverages and the authorization of trimagnesium dicitrate in solid food supplements. (Read More)

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United States (US)

On January 11, 2024, the FDA issued an announcement regarding a received petition aiming to modify and remove four additives. The FDA is currently seeking public opinions on the matter, and comments can be submitted until March 11, 2024. The proposed modifications aim to eliminate the use of benzene (CAS No. 71-43-2), ethylene dichloride (CAS No. 107-06-2), methylene chloride (CAS No. 75-09-2), and trichloroethylene (CAS No. 79-01-6). The petitioners argue that these substances have been identified as carcinogenic to humans or animals, and therefore, their use should be discontinued. (Read More)

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Canada 

On January 11, 2024, Health Canada issued NOM/ADM SI-007, announcing the modification to the List of Permitted Supplemental Ingredients, which lists all the supplemental ingredients permitted for addition to supplemented foods, along with their conditions of use. This modification newly permits the use of green tea extract (EGCG/catechins) as a kind of other supplemental ingredients in the list. (Read More)

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Australia and New Zealand 

On January 19, 2024, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) released Amendment No. 225 to amend the Food Standard Code. This Amendment involves 3 applications on processing aids and 1 application on harmonising with Codex MLs for bivalve molluscs. The processing aids are pullulanase from GM Bacillus subtilus (gene donor: Bacillus deramificans), fructanase from GM Trichoderma reesei and several enzymes introduced into GM Escherichia coli in the manufacture of steviol glycosides. (Read More)

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