Chapter six of the revised law applies to manufacturers and importers. It directly references an impending revision of the national standard that establishes Hygienic Standards for Uses of Additives in Food Containers and Packaging Materials – GB 9685. As previously reported, the new 2015 version will replace the existing document GB 9685-2008, and be renamed the Food Safety Standard.
A positive list of materials is given in the new edition. This includes 1,316 different substances, of which 204 have some form of additional restriction.
A public consultation on the reform is being coordinated by the China National Centre for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA).
The comment period has been extended and will now close on 11 June.
The amendments to the Food Safety Law that will bring the new standard into Chinese regulations are expected to be enacted by October 2015 according to a report on Chemical Watch.
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