The document focuses on testing for lead and cadmium in the food contact materials to prescribed limits. It must be used on both domestically produced and imported pottery. In an extension from the preceding edition, the new standard will give testing rules for the same substances migrating from glass.
Section 5 of the 2002 standard sets migration limits at between 2mg and 0.5mg per litre (mg/l) for lead, and 0.5mg/l or 0.25mg/l for cadmium.
The Mexican Federal Commission for Protection against Health Risks (Cofepris) passed notification of the update to the World Trade Organization’s Technical Barriers to Trade (WTO-TBT) programme on 18 December 2015. Interested parties have until 15 February to submit comments on the move via this forum.
Once it passes the WTO, the revised standard will be published in Mexico’s official government journal and then enter into force 60 days later.
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