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Global Food Regulation Highlights | March 2023

In March of 2023, China proposed national food safety standard legislation plan for 2023. South Korea proposed to amend Regulation on Inspection of Imported Food. Japan updated the positive list of food contact materials. Singapore announced the introduction of a new set of pre-import control measures for infant cereal products. India checked the quality and safety of the nutraceuticals and health supplement products. EU proposed a directive on green claims. UK consulted on the application of precautionary allergen labeling (PAL). U.S. released a national strategy for safe & nutritious infant formula supply. Canada modified the List of Permitted Food Enzymes. Australia and New Zealand proposed to permit the use of a new food additive.

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 March of 2023 below: 

China 

On March 8, 2023, China National Health Commission (NHC) proposed the consultation draft of national food safety standard legislation plan for 2023. A total of 39 food standards are listed in the proposed plan, including 17 standards to be formulated and 22 standards to be revised. These standards cover food additives, food testing methods, microbial testing methods, foods for special dietary use, contaminant limits and food-related products. (Read More)

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South Korea 

The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) proposed amendments to the Regulation on Inspection of Imported Food on March 2, 2023, for public opinions. Stakeholders can send suggestions to MFDS before May 1, 2023. The exposure draft introduces the fast customs clearance procedure of imported raw materials for manufacturing food products. Additionally, the import inspection procedure for large quantities of agricultural products imported by bulk ships is to be simplified. Moreover, the residual pesticide inspection items are proposed to be expended. (Read More)

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Japan 

On March 6, 2023, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) of Japan released a revised draft of the Positive List of Substances Allowed for Food Contact Utensils, Containers and Packaging. According to the draft, MHLW newly published the 20230306 New Draft of Table 2, which contains the additives for food contact materials included as of March 6, 2023. Besides, MHLW issued 20230306 New Draft of Table 1, containing base materials compiled by March 6, 2023. (Read More)

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Southeast Asia 

On March 13, 2023, Singapore Food Agency (SFA) announced the introduction of a new set of pre-import control measures for infant cereal products as a voluntary scheme with effect from 27 March 2023. SFA also provides the template supplier verification checklist and supplier registration form. (Read More)

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India 

On March 7, 2023, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) requested to carry out a special enforcement drive to check the quality and safety of the nutraceuticals and health supplement products. This is a result of complaints that many health supplements being sold in the markets do not adhere to the requirements of the food standards. (Read more)

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EU 

On March 22, 2023, EU proposed a directive on green claims. According to the proposal, when companies choose to make a green claim (excluding Ecolabel and organic food logo) about their products, they will have to meet the minimum norms on how they substantiate these claims. (Read More)

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UK 

On March 27, 2023, the Food Standards Agency announced to seek opinions regarding the application of precautionary allergen labeling (PAL). It is proposed to specify which of the 14 major allergens enterprises' PAL refers to, e.g. using "may contain peanuts" instead of the generic description "may contain nuts". (Read More)

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America 

On March 8, 2023, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a national strategy, aiming to increase resiliency of the safe, nutritious infant formula market and supply. This strategic action includes, but is not limited to: 

  1. Ensure industry understands the requirements for developing and implementing a redundancy risk management plan;

  2. Continue to strengthen inspections of infant formula manufacturers;

  3. Expedite review of premarket submissions for new infant formula products to alleviate or prevent shortages;

  4. Continue to monitor infant formula supplies and develop predictive models;

  5. Strengthen and leverage FDA's partnerships with health care providers and professionals, especially infant care professionals, to further expand the agency's consumer education programs. (Read More)

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Canada 

In March of 2023, Canada modified the List of Permitted Food Enzymes to enable the use of transglutaminase from Streptomyces mobaraensis M2020197 and β-amylase from Bacillus flexus AE-BAF. Besides, Canada proposed to amend the regulations on the use of aluminum-containing food additives. (Read More)

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Australia and New Zealand 

On March 9, 2023, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) proposed to permit the use of a new food additive, that is, alpha-glucosidase from Trichoderma reesei containing the alpha-glucosidase gene from Aspergillus niger as a processing aid in brewing. (Read More)

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