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Food Contact Materials Law Amends Position on Use of a Substance in Plastic Packaging

20 Aug 2019

The Official Journal of the European Union has published new Commission Regulation 2019/1338 which amends Regulation 10/2011 on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food. ...Read More


European Citizens Call for the Ban of All Single-use Plastic Products in Europe

13 Aug 2019

On 29 July 2019, Commission Decision 2019/1268 on the proposed citizens' initiative entitled ‘Let's put an end to the era of plastic in Europe’ was published in the Official Journal of the EU. It is n...Read More


Hong Kong-Sourced Button Mushrooms Cleared for Mainland Import

22 July 2019

Hong Kong-grown button mushrooms (Agaricus Bisporus) may now be imported to the mainland, provided they comply with all the stipulations of the Inspection and Quarantine Requirements for Hong Kong But...Read More


Canada Considering Various Amendments to Food Labelling Requirements

2 July 2019

Canadian authorities are seeking input by 4 September on a proposal to simplify and reduce the duplication of food labelling requirements by harmonising certain food commodity-specific requirements an...Read More


EU Law Regulating Single-use Plastic Products Published

19 June 2019

On 12 June 2019, Directive 2019/904 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment was published in the Official Journal of...Read More


SINGAPORE: Import and Sale of Trans Fat Products Banned from June 2021

12 June 2019

As of June 2021, it will be prohibited to import or sell foodstuffs containing partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs). Along with the import ban, local food suppliers will be legally required to ensure th...Read More


Australia Establishes MRLs for Six Pesticides in Food-Producing Animals

22 May 2019

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority approved on April 9, 2019 amendments to Agricultural and Veterinary Chemical Instrument No.4 (MRL Standard) 2012 by setting new and tempora...Read More


EU Directive Published on Unfair Trading Practices in the Supply Chain for Foodstuffs

16 May 2019

On 25 April 2019, Directive 2019/633 on unfair trading practices in business-to-business relationships in the agricultural and food supply chain was published in the Official Journal. The Directive ai...Read More


EU Regulation Restricts Level of Trans Fats Found in Food

3 May 2019

On 24 April 2019, the European Commission adopted a new EU Regulation that strictly limits the amount of industrially produced trans fats in all foodstuffs that are sold to EU consumers. The maximum l...Read More


FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Voluntary Recalls

29 April 2019

On 23 April, Food and Drug Administration Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs Melinda Plaisier announced the issuance of draft guidance regarding voluntary recalls. The draft guidance will n...Read More


Revisions to U.S. Grade Standards for Various Processed Vegetables Adopted

25 April 2019

The Agricultural Marketing Service is revising the U.S. standards for grades of canned lima beans, canned mushrooms, pickles and green olives by (i) replacing the term “midget” with “petite” in the ca...Read More


FDA to Begin “Intentional Adulteration” Inspections in March 2020

23 April 2019

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on 17 April that routine inspections to verify compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act’s intentional adulteration rule will begin in March 202...Read More


Mainland China Added to APHIS’ African Swine Fever List

26 March 2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has added mainland China to the list of countries affected by African swine fever, effective 26 March....Read More


U.S. Could Allow Imports of Fresh Jujube Fruit from Mainland China

25 March 2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is seeking input from interested parties by 24 May on an analysis that evaluates the risks associated with the importati...Read More


Maryland May Become First U.S. State to Ban Polystyrene Food Containers

25 March 2019

Maryland is poised to become the first U.S. state to ban expanded polystyrene foam food containers. A bill recently passed the Democratic-majority Maryland House of Delegates and the Maryland State Se...Read More


Deadline to Comply with Certain Provisions of Produce Safety Rule Extended

18 March 2019

The FDA has extended certain compliance dates associated with its November 2015 final rule setting forth standards for the growing, harvesting, packing and holding of produce for human consumption. Sp...Read More


Import Restrictions Lifted on Genetically Engineered Salmon

14 March 2019

The FDA announced on 8 March that it is deactivating a 2016 import alert that prevented genetically engineered salmon from entering the United States. Various consumer and environmental groups have bl...Read More


Public Consultation Launched, Seeking Feedback, with a View to Evaluating EU Law on Food Contact Materials

5 March 2019

The Commission’s notice initiating the consultation notes that food contact materials (FCMs) are all materials that come into contact with food, including packaging, kitchenware and tableware, and the...Read More


FDA Unveils New Strategy for Imported Food

28 Feb 2019

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced on 25 February changes to his agency’s strategy for ensuring the safety of food imported into the United States. Gottlieb’s statement...Read More


Environmental Health Group Expects Continued Action by U.S. States to Address Toxic Chemicals

14 Feb 2019

Safer States, a network of diverse consumer organisations and coalitions with shared environmental and health concerns, recently issued a press release highlighting on-going legislative efforts at the...Read More

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