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Food-Contact Petitions in China and the U.S.: Content and Comparison
Onsite Workshop Highlight
  • The Basics of China and FDA Food-Contact Regulations – An Overview
  • Filing for Clearing Food-Contact Substances in China
           o    Materials for Chinese Food-Contact Petitions
           o    Petition Process
           o    Obstacles and Pitfalls
  • FDA’s Food Contact Notification Program
           o    Elements of an FCN
           o    Describing the FCS
           o    Estimating Exposure and Assessing Toxicology
           o    Post-market Changes to An FCN
  • Summary and Advice on Best Practices in Submitting Food-Contact Petitions in Both Countries
  • Q&A
Session 1: Food Packaging Legislation in APAC Regions and Above
Food-contact petitions in China
The presentation will cover the introduction of China food contact regulation system including GB standard and regulations specific for petition. The speaker will go deeply with details to give knowledge about the whole workflow of a petition project from background investigation to final approval. The practical recommendations will be given for each part of dossier for petition, especially for manufacturing process, specification of product, toxicological evaluation and migration study with both testing and worst case calculation.
  • China food contact petition
  • great project experience
  • practical recommendation
  • worst case calculation for migration level

Rainbow Zhang | PhD, CST Certified Toxicologist, Intertek
Update of positive list in Japan
  • Update of positive list
  • Direction of regulation development in Japan

Eric Gu | Associate , Keller and Heckman
Updates on food contact legislation in Thailand and ASEAN
In Thailand the Thai Food and Drug Administration(FDA) , Ministry of Public Health (MOH) is designated as the national authority for the safety of food packaging whereas Thai Industrial Standard Institute's (TISI) Ministry of Industry (MOI) is responsible to develop various industrial standards including food contact materials standard. Food contact materials standard is cover both technical quality and safety of product. The presentation will update the future trend of food contact material requirements in Thailand.
For ASEAN region, after the establishment of ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015, the Prepared Food Product Working Group under AEC realize the importance of food contact materials on the safety of food products. Therefore Thailand was appointed by ACCSQ- PFPWG committee to develop ASEAN General Guidelines on Food Contact Materials and ASEAN Guideline on Good Manufacturing Practice for Food Contact Materials which was adopted in 27 th and 29 th ACCSQ-PFPWG in 2018 and 2019. The next step Thailand supported by EU expert unders EU ARISE will develop the Guideline for Specific Measure to comprise food contact materials which are ceramic and plastics.
Sumalee Tangpitayakul | Advisor, Thai Packaging Association
Regulatory Frameworks for Food Contact Materials and Recent Regulatory Updates – India, Australia, and Korea
This presentation will focus on the general legal frameworks regulating food contact materials in India, Australia, and Korea. Recent regulatory updates to food contact regulations will also be discussed during the presentation.
Xiaolu Wang | Sr. Chemical Regulatory Compliance Consultant, 3E
Lunch break
Session 2: Innovations for More Sustainable Food Contact Packaging
Regulatory consideration on sustainable food contact packaging
Based on more and more pressure on sustainability and Circular Economy environment, as food packaging manufacture company, how to design products and packaging as integral consider all environmental impacts? This presentation will show Sealedair’s sustainability strategy and regulatory consideration.
Bonnie Zhang | Regulatory Affairs Manager , Sealed Air
Special by nature
•    The opportunity and challenge of Paper packaging as plastic alternative      
•    UPM promise and practices in sustainability
•    UPM New packaging paper solution in food contact
Xiaohui Xia | Head of Business Development, Packaging Papers, UPM Specialty Papers
Sustainable metal packaging for food contact & compliance
With the infinitely recyclable properties and ever greater savings in emissions and resources, the sustainability credentials of metal packaging are impressive. Like many other types of packaging materials, metal also needs to comply with certain regulations when it comes to food contact. Regulations for food contact materials differ from country to country, ensuring compliance to these regulations is essential to ensure consumers’ health, build trust and demonstrate transparency throughout the supply chain. In this presentation, we will give an introduction to how to comply with food contact regulations with a focus on EU & China's regulation for metal food contact materials.

Bullet Points:
  • Metal packaging for food and its sustainability credentials
  • Understand food contact material regulations applicable to metal food packaging
  • How to comply with these food contact regulations regarding metal food contact materials
           -Upstream suppliers' documentation
           -Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)
           -Migration tests overview
           -Declaration of Compliance (DOC)

Helene Germon, Product Stewardship & Regulations Manager, Trivium Packaging
Jenny Wassenaar | Vice President of Sustainability, Trivium Packaging
Post-consumer recycled plastics in food contact: safety and sustainability aspects
The use of recycled plastics in food contact paves the way for new products, fostering sustainable solutions in food packaging materials. The regulatory scenario is well developed in the US and, to a certain extent, in Europe. There is an increased interest in several Asian Countries in adopting solutions leading to such application, especialy in the field of recyling Polyester in bottle-to-bottle applications, however the regulatory framework should be adapted to the specific markets. Although the general criteria to ensure safety may not deviate from those adopted in US and EU, the parameters used for calculation of exposure to potential contaminants (Consumption Factors) might be different. The speech will focus on the experience gained in qualify post-consumer plastics for food contact application, along with the Department of Packaging & Materials Technology, University of Kasetsart (Bangkok).
1. regulatory scenario in US and EU for food contact recycled plastics
2. the Asian market: which problems need to be solved?
3. a possible scenario in the Asian countries for recycled plastics
Dr Dario Dainelli | Owner & Managing Director , Dario Dainelli-Policy & Regulatory Affairs
Session 3: Food Contact Regulations in Europe
EU and UK developments in food contact regulation
  • FCM regulatory situation in Europe
  • Trends in compliance
  • Impact of COVID-19
  • Sustainability vs. compliance

Dr Alistair Irvine | Senior Manager, Food Contact Testing, Material Science and Engineering, Smithers
PANEL: Recycled plastics for food packaging
  • Challenges and opportunities of recycled materials for food packaging
  • Mutual impact of sustainability and regulations on food safety
  • Approach to regulate food-grade recycled plastics
Panel Moderator:
Yuan Jiaqi, Asia Product Stewardship Leader, Dow Chemical


Bonnie Zhang, Regulatory Affairs Manager, Sealed Air 
Rainbow Zhang, Deputy General Manager, HERS, Intertek
Marco Zhong, Prof./Director, IQTC
James Wang, Vice General Manager, Incom Recycle
Session 4: Safety in Food Contact Packaging and Materials
US FDA safety evaluation of FCM – risk assessment and toxicology considerations
US FDA's safety evaluation of food contact material (FCM) is based on the analysis and evaluation of available toxicological data and comprehensive risk assessment. For US FDA's premarket approval of an FCM, dietary exposure level of an FCM determines the requirement of toxicological data and regulatory approval options. This presentation would elucidate the fundamental US FDA regulatory risk assessment processes and relevant toxicology considerations for FCM in different regulatory options and with other authoritative processes briefly.
Yan Gu | Toxicology Specialist , Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Safety assessment of plastics: how to assess the recycled materials from suppliers
Session 5: Case Studies of FCM in Different Applications on Compliance/Safety/Sustainability-Perspectives from End Users
Safety & compliance of paper as a “sustainable” alternative to SUP from an industry perspective
  • Plastic alternatives for food packaging
  • Overview of global regulations on paper packaging for food

Sylvain Rannou | NPTC Dairy Packaging Quality, Safety & Compliance Senior Specialist, Nestlé Product Technology Center (NPTC) Dairy
Lunch break
The key role of upstream
While in our Packaging Specifications Team we are used to work with our direct suppliers, we do start to connect more with upstream. Here I would like to present two cases where the role of the upstream suppliers was key for a successful launch and what we can improve in further projects.
The first case is related to the root cause analysis. After extensive NIAS testing, substances can be detected that either cannot be identified (called ‘unknowns’) or are non-compliant with our Danone Absent By Design list. As our direct suppliers are usually not aware of the complete formulation, we try to find the answers upstream. But is a triangle cooperation enough, or do we need to go beyond?
The second case will discuss the regulatory compliance of materials being used for the final product. How can we increase the regulatory knowledge together and make our ways of working more efficient?
By improving the cooperation and open communication between all our businesses, we can assure safe and compliant products on the market. Stronger together!
Svetlana Epifanova | Senior Global Specification Manager Packaging, Danone
Session 6: Challenges and Innovations in Food Contact Materials & Articles
Significance of adhesive in diverse food package
  • What are food contact materials
  • Common food contact materials in different types of package
  • Adhesives behind of food contact materials
  • How to monitor & eliminate the substance of interest
  • Disclosure through Declaration of Compliance

Wen-Gie Siew | Regional PS&RA Manager – Asia Pacific, Henkel
Inks for food packaging applications
Packaging is an essential tool utilized by the food business operators to make their products stand out from the mass. Beyond the shelf appeal, packaging also provides protection to the content from physical, chemical and microbiological hazards. However, a lesser known fact is that the same packaging material could also be a source of chemical contaminants and hence may impact food safety as well as food quality. Among the different components of packaging material, packaging inks play a critical role as they might hamper product and consumer safety. Each packaging ink is a mixture of different chemicals and some of these chemicals might be harmful while holding the potential to migrate to the foodstuff when getting in contact. In terms of risk, the chemicals could be toxic, carcinogenic, mutagenic, repro-toxic and even endocrine disruptors.

The chemical contaminants from the packaging inks can get transferred to the foodstuff by a process called migration. Over the last two decades, a number of scientific papers have been published, revealing the migration potential of substances from the printed matter. However, the first big scandal that brought the subject alive was about the findings of isopropyl thioxanthone (ITX, a low molecular photo initiator used in UV inks) in baby milk and other liquid foodstuffs all over Europe, resulting in a product recall in the year 2005. The food scandal alerted the packaging chain about the linkage between packaging inks and food safety. As a consequence, first authorities issued strict regulations for the application of printing inks as well as general food control measures.
Jatin Takkar | Head – Product Safety and Regulatory (India), Siegwerk
The risk assessment of non-intentionally added substances in food contact materials & articles
The current Chinese GB standard 4806.1-2016 (General safety requirements for food contact materials and articles) contains, as the European food contact regulation, a requirement (by means of section 3 (Basic requirements)) that, a.o. the amount of substances migrating from Food Contact Materials & Articles into food should not cause harm to human health of the consumer.
Next to that the concept of non-intentionally added substances (NIAS) was introduced in this standard (point 2.13).
However, unfortunately this standard does not indicate how you should indicate that these NIAS do not pose any risk for the health of the consumer.
The EU food contact regulation 10/2011 of January 14, 2011 contains the famous Article 19 on the assessment of substances not included in the Union list and which is the link between Article 3 of the EU framework Directive 1935/2004 and the concept of NIAS.
As European Plastics Industry we have a lot experience with these risk assessments and we like to inform you on our learnings, guidance's and tools that we have developed.

Sabine Lindner, Consumer and Environmental Affairs, PlasticsEurope
Marcel Bosma | Chairman, PlasticsEurope
Session 7: Food Contact Regulations in North America
Overview of FDA’s food contact substance notification program
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA) regulates food additives under the authority of the 1958 Food Additives Amendment to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) and the 1997 amendment known as the Food and Drug Administration Modernization Act (FDAMA). FDAMA defined a food contact substance (FCS) and provided for the Agency’s Food Contact Substance Notification Program. All food contact substances require premarket authorization based on their intended use and the dietary exposures to the FCS and its impurities resulting from the intended use. There are three regulatory pathways for obtaining premarket authorization for the use of an FCS: submission of (1) a food additive petition, (2) a food contact notification, and (3) a Threshold of Regulation Exemption (TOR). FDA recently launched an CFSAN Online Submission Module (COSM) to assist industries with the assembly of their submissions. Additionally, this presentation will provide an overview of the Agency’s recommendations for recycled plastics and paper used in food contact. FDA has a voluntary review program for recycled plastics used in food contact.
Anita Chang | Regulatory Review Scientist, U.S. FDA
Canadian food packaging regulations and submission process
The speaker will present Food Contact Regulations in Canada and program updates including:
  • Key Canadian Food Safety Legislation
  • Canadian Regulations for Food Packaging Materials (FPMs)
  • Premarket Submission Process and a Letter of No Objection
  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and its role     
  • Plastics Pollution 

Dr. Elena Emelianova | Scientific Evaluator, Health Canada