On July 17, 2020, Uruguay’s Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining (MIEM) announced a public consultation on a positive list of additives approved for use in food contact materials (FCMs). On July 27, 2020, Paraguay’s authorities also announced their draft positive list to the World Trade Organization (WTO). The adoption by both countries would bring their regulations in line with Resolution GMC 39/19 of the Common Market of the South (Mercosur), which has been required from all Mercosur member states by January 15, 2020 (FPF reported). Member state Brazil has already adopted their positive list, with the new regulations entering into force on June 3, 2021 (FPF reported).

The positive list within the Mercosur technical regulation includes 1,150 substances, defines calculation methods, and describes specific migration limits, usage restrictions, and limits to composition.

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MIEM (July 17, 2020). “Consulta pública sobre Reglamentos Técnicos Mercosur (RTM).” (in Spanish)

WTO (July 27, 2020). “Comité de Obstáculos Técnicos al Comercio – Notificación – Paraguay – Envases y equipamientos plásticos en contacto con alimentos.” (in Spanish)

Chemical Watch (July 29, 2020). “Uruguay and Paraguay publish positive list of additives in FCMs.”

SGS (September 2, 2020). “Mercosur Proposes to Revise Requirements for Food Contact Plastics.”