Permission to use the nonylphenol-free plastic stabiliser set was granted at the beginning of May 2016 by the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC), which has been given a central regulatory role in a reinforced Chinese process for granting food contact approvals (see Food Contact World 4.5, 15 March 2016). It will also help Chinese food contact producers follow the wider global trend away from packaging containing nonylphenol.
Addivant chief technology officer Jonathan Hill says: ‘Materials containing nonylphenol are slowly, but surely, being removed from store shelves all over the world. China’s draft food contact law, which is expected to [be finalised] this year, includes a 10 [parts per billion] migration limit on nonylphenol. As a result, consumer packaged goods companies are seeking an immediate replacement.’
A report from the legal firm Keller and Heckman of 15 June highlights that Addivant is not alone. It notes that on 8 June the NHFPC announced that 12 new additives and six new plastics resins has passed safety evaluations in line with its recently updated test standards.
Approval was also granted for five extensions in use conditions for additives in food contact applications.
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