On November 26, 2021, standards agency SGS reported that South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) has issued a notice containing the latest national requirements for food contact materials (FCMs). Issued within the country’s “Standards and Specifications for Utensils, Containers and Packaging,” the notice sets out a range of updates including:

  • Adding polyketones as an additional raw material
  • Grouping of synthetic resins that have similar structures into a set of nine categories
  • Presenting specifications for each material type (including synthetic resins, rubber, paper, metals, glass, ceramics, and others) in the form of a table
  • Adding new requirements for active and intelligent packaging
  • Introducing new regulation on the use of recycled synthetic resins including updated standards for recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET)

More information about the specific changes can be found in the full notice, which is only provided in Korean.



Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (September 2021). “Notice Number 2021-76.” (in Korean)

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SGS (November 26, 2021). “South Korea Issues New Food Contact Material and Article Standards.”