On December 13, 2019, Brazil notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) that it has adopted new legislation that introduces a positive list of additives approved for use in plastic materials and polymeric coatings that come in contact with food. The new legislation aligns Brazil with regulation GMC 39/19 that was agreed by the Mercosur trade bloc in July 2019 (FPF reported).

Update: On June 11, 2020, SGS reported that the Brazilian government has delayed implementation of the new regulations to June 3, 2021.


WTO (December 13, 2019). “Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures – Notification – Brazil – Plastic materials and polymeric coatings in contact with food – Addendum.”

Brasil Ministério da Saúde (December 4, 2019). “Resolucao da diretoria colegiada – RDC No 326, de 3 de Dezembro de 2019.” (pdf) (in Portuguese)

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Chemical Watch (December 17, 2019). “Brazil adopts positive list for food contact material additives.”

Keller and Heckman LLP (January 2, 2019). “Brazil Adopts Updated Positive List for Plastic FCMs.”

SGS (January 17, 2019). “Brazil Establishes List of Additives for Food Contact Plastics and Polymeric Coatings.”

SGS (June 11, 2019). “Brazil Defers Implementation of Additives for Food Contact Plastics and Polymeric Coatings.”

Chemical Watch (June 19, 2019). “Brazil delays implementation of positive list for FCM additives.”