Mercosur updates plastic food packaging regulation

South American trade bloc to no longer allow bisphenol A (BPA) in plastic food contact articles designed for children under 3 years old, lowers migration limit from other plastic FCAs; sets migration limits for 9 metals from plastic FCAs; adds substances to positive list for plastics and for cellulosic materials

Uruguay and Paraguay consult on positive list of FCM additives

Governments publish positive lists of additives allowed in food contact materials (FCM); adoption would bring national regulations in line with Mercosur Resolution GMC 39/19

Brazil adopts positive list for plastic FCMs

New national legislation integrates positive list of additives for use in plastic food contact materials and polymeric coatings; aligns Brazil with Mercosur regulation GMC 39/19 introduced in July 2019

Mercosur positive list for FCM plastic additives

Latin American trade bloc publishes resolution defining additives allowed in food contact material plastics and polymeric coatings; aligns with EU regulations, defines specific migration limits, usage restrictions

Food packaging regulation in Latin America

Keller and Heckman LLP reprints Food Packaging Bulletin article giving an update on the regulation of food packaging in Latin America (MERCOSUR block)