In an announcement published by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of Thailand, the agency informed that it is considering to update the country’s regulations on plastic food contact materials (FCMs) to allow for the use of recycled materials. Specifically, the updated regulation would focus on FCMs made from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE). To further inform this decision, the agency has released a survey requesting information on the chemicals currently being used in the production of virgin PET and HDPE. Regulatory news provider Chemical Watch has reported that the survey targets importers and manufacturers of these two plastics. The survey itself is structured into seven lists asking for information on the use of nearly 700 substances. Feedback via the survey is due by April 10, 2020.

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Ellen Daliday (February 20, 2020). “Thailand considers allowing recycled plastics in FCMs.” Chemical Watch

Thai Food and Drug Administration (February 2020). “Data questionnaire for improvement of the notification of the Ministry of Public Health (Issue 295) 2005.” (in Thai)

Keller and Heckman LLP (March 16, 2020). “Thailand Considers Allowing Recycled Food-Contact Plastic, Requests Information.”