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Global Food Regulation Highlights | March 2024

Top food regulatory updates in March 2024: ● China Introduces 53 New GB Standards, with Food Additives (GB 2760), Food Contact Materials (GB 4806.15) and Dairy Products (GB 19644) Involved ● Singapore Proposes Regulations in Defined Food and Pre-market Approval ● Thailand Issued the Draft of MOPH Notification regarding Solvents Used in Extraction for Food Production ● EU to Increase Quality Control Over Plastic Food Contact Materials ● FDA Issues Final Guidance on New Dietary Ingredient Notification Procedures and Timeframes

To help stakeholders in food sector navigate the constantly evolving regulatory landscape, ChemLinked offers Global Food Regulation Highlights, a concise monthly report that focuses on key regulatory developments worldwide. Find out what's new on food regulation worldwide in March 2024 below.

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China

On March 12, 2024, China published 47 new national food safety standards and 6 amendment sheets to existing ones. These new standards include 1 for dairy products, 1 for food contact materials, 7 for food testing methods, 16 for microbial testing methods and 22 for food additives and nutritional fortifiers. For the six amendment sheets, they are all related to specific food additives. 3 standards are of particular significance, including GB 19644 Milk Powder and Modified Milk Powder, GB 4806.15 Adhesives for Food Contact Materials and Articles, as well as GB 2760 Standard for Uses of Food Additives. (Read More)

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South Korea

On March 13, 2024, the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) specifies “processed vegetables” imported from China as a new product subject to import inspection order. Besides, the authority prolongs the inspection periods of three products, which are "Chilli peppers (fruits)" from Vietnam, "Other Salt" from Pakistan, and "Tuna (fishery products to be eaten raw)" from Japan. (Read More)

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Japan

On March 1, 2024, Japan MHLW announced that "Polyvinyl Alcohol" would be regulated as "Designated Additive", which became effective since the date of promulgation. Polyvinyl alcohol is restricted to the usage in non-normal food forms such as capsules and tablets, and it can not be used in confectionary products. Furthermore, the maximum amount of polyvinyl alcohol in all its permitted categories is 45 g per 1 kg. (Read More)

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Southeast Asia 

On March 15, 2024, Singapore Food Agency (SFA) issued a consultation document, seeking feedback on regulations for defined food and their pre-market approval. The draft regulations aim to clarify the responsibilities of companies selling novel and genetically modified (GM) foods in Singapore, requiring them to obtain pre-approval before market launch. Any comment can be submitted before May 14, 2024 via SFA. (Read More)

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India

On March 14, 2024, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) released an active list of processing aids permitted for use by food businesses. This temporary list includes processing aids that have not yet been formally implemented for enforcement purposes. The authority is permitting the use of these processing aids on a temporary basis until the relevant amendments are officially published in the Gazette of India. (Read More)

European Union (EU) 

As revealed by an initiative issued on March 13, 2024, EU is amending Commission Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 on plastic FCM and Commission Regulation (EC) No 2023/2006 on good manufacturing practice (GMP) for FCM regarding the quality control rules for plastic food contact materials. To ensure a high protection level for human health, the draft requires substances, including substances obtained from waste, used in the manufacture of plastic materials and articles to have high purity. Rules on the verification of compliance testing are further specified. Any feedback can be submitted prior to April 10, 2024. (Read More)

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United States (US)

On March 5, 2024, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an industry guidance titled Dietary Supplements: New Dietary Ingredient Notification Procedures and Timeframes: Guidance for Industry. This Guidance is intended to help manufacturers and distributors of new dietary ingredients (NDIs) and dietary supplements prepare and submit new dietary ingredient notifications (NDINs) to the FDA. The Guidance provides information about the who should submit an NDIN, how to submit and where to submit, etc. (Read More)

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Canada 

On March 22, 2024, Health Canada annouced to modify the List of Permitted Food Enzymes to enable the use of two food enzymes. They were chymosin B from Trichoderma reesei GICC03546, and glucose oxidase from Saccharomyces cerevisiae LALL-GO. The requested maximum level for both enzymes is "Good Manufacturing Practice". (Read More)

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Australia and New Zealand 

On March 1, 2024, Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) of Australia published a notice to announce the issuance of Therapeutic Goods (Permissible Ingredients) Determination (No. 1) 2024, replacing the previous instrument. Major changes involve the addition of 3 new ingredients and the revision of requirements for 37 ingredients. The new determination affects the importation of health supplements to Australia, which took effect on March 1, 2024. (Read More)

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