This presentation will provide valuable insights regarding the legal framework on food contact
material in plastic, in particular the single used plastic products including straws, plastic
tableware and plastic food packaging. It focuses on recent regulatory developments in China,
the European Union, and the United States of America, in the context of circular economy and
sustainability. It aims to help food contact material manufacturers, suppliers, and users to have
better understanding of their obligations under the law.
China and the EU take similar approaches to impose restrictions on single use plastic. The US, however, still does not have any restriction on single used plastics at the federal level. At the State level, California enacted sustainable packaging for the State of California Act and became the first State in the U.S. to tackle single use plastics.