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Global Food Regulation Highlights | May 2024

Top food regulatory updates in May 2024: ● Taiwan Implements Updated Regulations for Application of Health Food Permit ● South Korea Updates Food Code, Involving Product Standards and Residual Limits ● Japan Proposes to Update the Positive List of Food Contact Materials ● Singapore Approves the Draft Food (Amendment) Regulations 2024 ● Indonesia Postpones Mandatory Halal Certification for F&B Products from MSEs ● EU Amends the Breakfast Directive, Impacting Honey, Fruit Juice, Jam and Dairy Products ● New Zealand Announces Repeal of the Therapeutic Products Act, Affecting Dietary Supplements

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 May 2024 below.

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China

On May 17, 2024, the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration issued the revised Regulations for the Application of Health Food Permit, consistent with the proposed draft. In addition, as the Regulations covers provisions on extension, alteration, transference and reissuance of health food permits, the existing Guidelines on Registration for Extension, Alteration, Transference and Reissuance of Health Food Permits was abolished. The Regulations came into effect immediately.  (Read More)

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South Korea

On May 17, 2024, the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) released the latest revisions to Food Code. The modifications involve product standards and residual limits for pesticides and veterinary drugs. Specifically, MFDS newly recognizes the Saccharina sculpera(개다시마)and Telmessus acutiden(왕밤송이게)as approved food ingredients. Five temporarily approved food ingredients, including Abeliophyllum distichum Nakai (미선나무추출물), Kaempferia parviflora Wall. ex Baker (흑산내뿌리분말), Schizophyllum commune (치마버섯균사체배양물), concentrated separation minerals from deep ocean water (해양심층수 농축분리미네랄), and Fusarium venenatum A 3/5 (Fusarium venenatum ATCC PTA-2684), are officially included in the Food Code. Thus, these ingredients can now be used by anyone instead of the applicants only. Furthermore, the "young shoot" of the white atractylodes (삽주) are reclassified from the restricted ingredient to the allowable ingredient. (Read More)

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Japan

On May 24, 2024, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) of Japan released a proposed amendment for the Specification and Standards for Food, Food Additives, seeking for public comments till June 22. According to the proposal, MHLW plans to update Appended Table 1 - Table 2(Additives) of the positive list of FCM, including changes of the restrictions on the use of 4 substances and the addition of 13 new additives. (Read More)

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Southeast Asia 

During an internal meeting held on May 15, 2024, the Indonesian government decided to postpone the mandatory halal certification requirement for food and beverage products from micro and small enterprises (MSEs) from October 17, 2024 to 2026. Additionally, based on mutual recognition agreements, the halal certification obligation for imported products will also be shifted to 2026. (Read More)

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European Union (EU) 

On May 24, 2024, the European Union (EU) issued Directive (EU) 2024/14381 (hereinafter “This Directive”) to amend the following directives:

1. Council Directives 2001/110/EC relating to honey;

2. Council Directive 2001/112/EC relating to fruit juices and certain similar products intended for human consumption;

3. Council Directive 2001/113/EC relating to fruit jams, jellies and marmalades and sweetened chestnut purée intended for human consumption;

4. Council Directive 2001/114/EC relating to certain partly or wholly dehydrated preserved milk for human consumption.

(Read More)

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United States (US)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a Final Rule on Pre-Harvest Agricultural Water that represents an important step toward enhancing the safety of produce. The revised requirements are intended to enhance public health by improving the safety of water used in produce cultivation. The revisions are also designed to be practical across various agricultural water systems, uses, and practices, while remaining adaptable to future advancements in agricultural water quality science. Specifically, this rule establishes requirements for agricultural water assessments that evaluate a variety of factors that are key determinants of contamination risks associated with pre-harvest agricultural water. It also includes testing pre-harvest agricultural water as part of an assessment in certain circumstances, as well as requires farms to implement effective mitigation measures within specific timeframes based on findings from their assessments. Besides, new options for mitigation measures are added, providing farms with additional flexibility in responding to findings from their pre-harvest agricultural water assessments.   (Read More)

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Canada 

On March 30, 2024, Health Canada announced to modify the List of Permitted Preservatives with immediate effect, extending the uses of three preservatives, namely, natamycin, chitosan, and nisin. Also in May, Health Canada proposed to remove brominated vegetable oil (BVO) from the List of Permitted Food Additives with Other Accepted Uses. (Read More in News One and News Two)

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Australia and New Zealand 

On May 8, 2024, New Zealand Associate Health Minister Casey Costello announces the decision to repeal the Therapeutic Products Act (TPA). Initially set to become effective by September 2026, the TPA encompassed regulation over natural health products (NHPs), a diverse category ranging from dietary supplements to traditional medicines. With the act's repeal, the Dietary Supplements Regulations 1985 will remain in force until they are replaced by new legislation. (Read More)

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