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China outlines restrictions on single-use plastics

Ministry of Commerce announces increased oversight on use of disposable plastic items by businesses; sets ban on range of single-use plastic items including plastic shopping bags, tableware, hospitality products

China approves new FCMs, additives, resins

National Health Commission announces newly approved additives for food contact materials (FCMs), expanded FCM uses, and resins for use in plastics and coatings

China calls for comments on food contact substances

China’s National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment solicits comments on new food contact substances and resins, expanded uses

China consults on two new substances in FCMs

National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA) opens public consultation on use of polyethylene in polyoxymethylene plastics and 2-propenoic acid, polymer with 1,3-butadiene and ethenyl benzene for use in adhesives

Chinese authorities approve new additives, resins for FCMs

Seven new additives and ten new resins approved for use in food contact materials (FCMs), others received expanded scope of use

China launches consultation on priority chemicals

Ministry identifies 19 hazardous substances including 11 food contact chemicals; information being accepted until May 31, 2020

China revises regulation on new chemical substances

Government publishes final regulatory text, substance approval linked to persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic properties; identity of new substances to be made publicly available after maximum period of 5 years; comes into force on January 1, 2021

China requests comments on new FCMs, chemicals

National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment calls for public comment on new food contact materials (FCMs) and chemicals as well as expanded uses; feedback accepted until March 11, 2020

China to ban single-use straws, plastic bags

Country’s National Development and Reform Commission announces ban of straws by 2020, non-degradable plastic bags by 2022, restaurant industry to reduce single-use plastic use by 2025

China solicits comments on FCMs, new resins

Agency announces expanded uses for three food contact materials and articles, three new resins, and one new food contact substance; public comments accepted until December 25, 2019

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