In an article published on August 25, 2020, law firm Keller and Heckman LLP (KH) reported on a set of new food contact material (FCM) additives, resins, and expanded FCM uses approved in China by the country’s National Health Commission. A summary of the approved substances is provided below, and more details including maximum use levels and specific migration limits for each can be found in the original article.

Food contact additives:

  • Microfibrillated cellulose pulp (CAS 65996-61-4) for use in paper and paperboard
  • 2-Butenedioic acid (2E)-, dibutyl ester, homopolymer for use in coatings
  • 2-Propenoic acid, ethyl ester, polymer with 2-methyl-2-propenamide (CAS 25085-36-3) for use in plastic

FCMs with expanded uses in various plastics and rubber:

  • Calcium stearate (CAS 1592-23-0) for use in plastics
  • 2,5-Furandione, dihydro-, mono-C15-20-alkenyl derivatives (CAS 68784-12-3) for use in plastics
  • Polyethylene (CAS 9002-88-4) for use in rubber
  • I. Solvent Violet 36 (1,8-bis[(4-Methylphenyl) amino]-9,10-anthracenedione; CAS 82-16-6) for use in plastic
  • Octadecyl 3-(3,5-di-tert-butyl-4-hydroxyphenyl) propionate (CAS 2082-79-3) for use in plastic

Resins for use in plastics or coatings:

  • Fatty acid, C18-unsaturated, dimers, polymers with caprolactam and hexamethylene diamine (CAS 2068097-08-3)
  • Styrene block polymers with 2-methyl-1,3-butadiene and 1,3-butadiene, hydrogenated (CAS 132778-07-5)
  • Phenol, 4,4’-(1-methylethylidene) bis-, polymer with (chloromethyl) oxirane, benzoate (CAS 52907-82-1)
  • Polymer of 1,4-bis (hydroxymethyl) cyclohexane, 2-methylpropane-1,3-diol, tricyclo ( decan-4,8-dimethanol, benzene-1,4-dicarboxylic acid, benzene-1,3-dicarboxylic acid, cis-butenedioic acid, 5-isocyanato-1-isocyanatomethyl-1,3,3-trimethyl
  • Polymer of butanediol-1,4, ethylene glycol, propylene glycol-1,2, trimethylolpropane, dimethyl terephthalate, isophthalic acid and sebacic acid
  • 1,3-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, polymer with 1,4-benzenedicarboxylic acid and 1,2-ethanediol (CAS 24938-04-3)
  • 2-Propenoic acid, 2-methyl-, polymer with butyl 2-methyl-2-propenoate, 2-(chloromethyl) oxirane, ethenylbenzene, ethyl 2-propenoate, 4,4’-(1-methylethylidene) bis[phenol] and 2-propenoic acid, reaction products with 2-(dimethylamino) ethanol
  • 1,3-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, polymer with 1,4-benzenedicarboxylic acid, 1,4-butanediol, 1,8-octanedicarboxylic acid and 1,2-ethanediol (CAS 61039-00-7)

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KH (August 25, 2020). “China Approves New Food-Contact Materials.”