On April 7, 2020, SGS reported on a notification made by Malaysia to the World Trade Organization (WTO) expanding the restrictions of lead and cadmium migration from ceramicware in the country to also include cooking ware. Regulation 28 of the Malaysian Food Regulations of 1985 sets limits for the permissible migration of lead and cadmium as well as physical and performance characteristics and labeling requirements. Through this expansion, cooking ware will be covered under this regulation and will be defined as “any ceramicware which is intended to be heated by conventional thermal methods or microwaves.” The notification specifically defines maximum migration from ceramic cooking ware as 0.5 mg/L for lead and 0.05 mg/L for cadmium. The notification is open for comments until May 30, 2020.

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SGS (April 7, 2020). “Malaysia Proposes to Regulate Metals in Ceramic Cooking Wares.”

WTO (March 31, 2020). “Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures – Notification – Malaysia – Ceramic cooking ware.”

Chemcical Watch (April 23, 2020). “Malaysia plans to regulate metals in ceramic cookware.”