In an article published on September 10, 2020, regulatory news provider Chemical Watch reported on a consultation launched by China’s National Health Commission on a set of 16 food safety standards, including a revised draft standard on metals used in food contact materials (FCMs). The article informs that changes to the metals standard include (i) a table defining stricter maximum limits in FCMs for arsenic, antimony, beryllium, cadmium, lead, lithium, and mercury, (ii) of 4% acetic acid as a food simulant for testing, and (iii) inclusion of a new requirement for adhesives, coatings, and inks used in metal FCMs to comply with other already existing standards. The revisions are open for public comment until October 20, 2020.

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Chemical Watch (September 10, 2020). “China plans tighter limits on metals in FCMs.”


National Health Commission (August 31, 2020). “Letter from the Secretariat of the National Food Safety Standards Review Committee on soliciting opinions on 16 national food safety standards (draft for comments) including limits of contaminants in food.” (in Chinese)