Japan publishes new law on PEN

The Japanese government’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) introduced a new law to regulate polyethylene naphthalate (PEN) on 6 June 2016.

This will set a migration limit of 1μg/ml for migration of germanium from PEN to both food contact materials and articles.  It will apply from 8 December 2016.

The new regulation takes the form of an amendment – Notification No.245 of 2016 – to Japan’s 1959 Specifications and Standards for Foods, Food Additives.

PEN containers are used principally for holding liquids – including carbonated soft drinks, beer and water.

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