The Thai Ministry of Public Health has announced the launch of a public survey to collect information about the food contact materials (FCMs) currently on the market. Survey results will be used to evaluate exposure to substances they contain and inform the creation of FCM guidelines. Regulatory news provider Chemical Watch reported on June 11, 2020, that the survey covers eight types of materials including: glass, ceramics, coated and uncoated metals, coated and uncoated paper, polymers, multi-layer materials, cellophane, and a category of other materials including polymer blends. The survey asks for FCM manufactures and users to submit information regarding: the average thickness and density of the article, its shape and dimensions, the food it contains, the volume or weight of the packed food, annual domestic production and import volumes, and storage and use conditions. Submissions of the survey from stakeholders are being accepted until July 15, 2020.
In February 2020, Thai authorities announced a survey on the use of chemicals in the production of virgin polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) covering close to 700 substances (FPF reported).
Chemical Watch (June 11, 2020). “Thailand launches survey on FCMs to help develop official guidelines.”
Thai Ministry of Public Health (June 2020). “Questionnaire about food products and containers.”