On October 23, 2020, news provider Chemical Watch reported on the launch of a consultation by China’s National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSRA) to add three new substances to its positive list for use in manufacturing food contact materials and articles. The agency is also planning to expand the scope for three additives already included on the positive list.

The proposed new substances include: (i) calcium hydroxide as an additive for use in plastic polypropylene, (ii) C11-15-iso alkanes for use as additives in printing inks, (iii) a new resin for use in coatings and films made of 2-propenoic acid, 2-methyl-, polymer with N-(butoxymethyl)-2-propenamide, ethyl benzene and ethyl 2-propenoate.

The following additives are being proposed for an expanded scope: (i) extending the use of pigment blue 15 also to plastic polycyclohexylenedimethylene terephthalate (PCT), (ii) an unlimited maximum use level for glass fiber in polyethylene, polypropylene, and polystyrene plastics, (iii) and extending the use of talc also for inclusion in adhesives.

Public comments are being accepted until November 16, 2020.

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Chemical Watch (October 23, 2020). “China proposes adding three new substances to FCM positive list.”


CFSRA (October 16, 2020). “Public solicitation on 6 new varieties of food-related products including calcium hydroxide.” (in Chinese)