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China Market Updates: New Substances and Materials Safe for Food Contact Use Approved by National Health Commission

Sep. 21 2022

The National Health Commission (NHC) of P.R. China announced three new food additives, four new food contact materials and related additives that have been evaluated and approved in the notification on 7 September 2022. This update lists the food contact materials and their newly approved additives.

1. Expanded scope of additive for food contact materials and products.

Substance Scope of Usage Requirement(s) Remark

2-(5-Chloro-2H-benzotriazol-2-yl)-6-(1,1-dimethylethyl)-4-methylphenol
CAS No.: 3896-11-5    
Plastics: polystyrene (PS) Maximum amount of usage / %:
• 0.5
Specific migration limit / mg/kg:
• 30 [sum of 2-(2H-benzotriazol-2-yl)-4-methylphenol, 2-(5-Chloro-2H-benzotriazol-2-yl)-4,6-di(1,1-dimethylethyl)-phenol, and 2-(5-Chloro-2H-benzotriazol-2-yl)-6-(1,1-dimethylethyl)-4-methylphenol ]    
 
Except PS homopolymer, PS plastic materials and products been added with this substance shall not be in contact with fatty food and food with ethanol content >50%. Such restrictive conditions shall be labelled according to GB 4806.1.
 


2.New resins for food contact materials and products

Substance Scope of Usage Requirements(s) Remark
Hexane, 1,6-diisocyanato-, polymer with poly (oxy-1,2-ethanediyl), α-methyl-ω-hydroxy-
CAS No.: 143472-08-6; 160994-68-3
 
Adhesive  (in-direct food contact only)
 
Specific migration limit/ mg/kg:
• ND (expressed as isocyanate moiety, DL=0.01mg/kg)
Maximum amount of residue/mg/kg:
• 1 (expressed as isocyanate moiety);
 
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1,4-benzenedicarboxylic acid, polymer with 1,3-benzenedicarboxylic acid, 2,2,4,4-tetramethyl-1,3-cyclobutanediol, 1,4-cyclohexanedimethanol, 1,3-propanediol, 2-methyl-, and adipic acid
CAS No.: -
Paint and coating Maximum amount of usage /%:
• 80 (in dried film)
Specific migration limit / mg/kg:
• 7.5 (expressed as terephthalic acid);
• 5 (expressed as isophthalic acid);
• 5 (2,2,4,4-tetramethyl-1,3-cyclobutanediol);
• 5 (1,3-propanediol, 2-methyl-);
• 6 (trimethylolpropane)
Paint and coating made of this substance shall not produce materials and products especially used for infant’s food. Such restrictive conditions shall be labelled according to GB 4806.1.



3.Expanded scope of resin for food contact materials and products.

Substance scope of usage requirement(s) remark
Poly[imino-1,4-butanediylimino (1,10-dioxo-1,10-decanediyl)]
CAS No.: 26247-06-3
Plastics - Single use plastic film made of this substance shall not have a thickness exceeding 50μm; shall not produce materials and products especially used for infant’s food. Such restrictive conditions shall be labelled according to GB 4806.1.

Source: http://www.nhc.gov.cn/sps/s7892/202209/6da6db349ff145288f33040de18b80be.shtml 

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