Three-month deadline reached for importers of food contact materials to South Korea

Overseas companies that sell food or food packaging into South Korea have three months remaining to register under a new law.

The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) prepared its Special Act on Imported Food Safety Management in February 2015.

This entered into force on 4 February 2016, with a registration deadline of 3 August 2016. Firms that fail to file their details with the regulator by this date risk being penalised.

There is no fee for registering according to a synopsis of the rules given on the website of law firm Keller and Heckman. The obligation applies to importers of food, food additives, food packaging – including components, and resins intended for conversion into food packaging. Registrations are effective for two years. If the MFDS determines a company has failed its obligations under this, a registration can be revoked and reapplication withheld for up to three years.

Registration can be performed online in either English or Korean.

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