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New Report Highlights Need for Improved FDA Oversight of Import Alert Removals

12 Dec 2019

The Food and Drug Administration’s oversight of decisions to remove seafood products and firms from its import alerts needs further improvement, according to a recent Government Accountability Office ...Read More


More U.S. Government Agencies Announce Expected Regulatory Actions for the Next Year

10 Dec 2019

The various agencies that make up the U.S. federal government recently issued their respective semi-annual regulatory agendas, which include a number of actions of potential interest to Hong Kong and ...Read More


California Seeks Input on Use of PFAS in Textiles, Various Chemicals in Food Packaging

3 Dec 2019

California is seeking input on the use of PFAS substances in textile and leather products, as well as PFAS, BPA and ortho-phthalates in food packaging, as part of a process that could lead to the list...Read More


Pressure Increases for EU to Adopt Colour-coded Nutrition Food Labels

3 Dec 2019

The European Union is increasingly facing calls to introduce the so-called Nutri-Score label for food packaging. The Nutri-Score label was first introduced in France and sets out a five-letter colour-...Read More


China’s Amended Food Safety Law Set to Come Into Effect

3 Dec 2019

The existing Regulations on the Implementation of the Food Safety Law, which have been in force since July 2009, have been amended upon approval by the State Council. The revised regulations will, wit...Read More


Importers Get Extension of Enforcement Discretion on Some FSMA Rule Requirements

15 Nov 2019

The Food and Drug Administration announced on 6 November that it is continuing an enforcement discretion policy regarding compliance with supplier approval and verification requirements under three ru...Read More


Mainland China and EU Conclude Negotiations over Landmark Agreement for Protection of Geographical Indications

14 Nov 2019

On 6 November 2019, the European Commission (“Commission”) announced the conclusion of negotiations for a Bilateral Landmark Agreement (“Agreement”) between mainland China and the EU for the reciproca...Read More


Mainland China May Now Export Cooked Poultry to U.S.

12 Nov 2019

The U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued a final rule that effective 9 December will list mainland China as eligible to export poultry products from birds slaughtered in the mainland to ...Read More


Comments Sought on Proposed Changes to Food Safety Testing

7 Nov 2019

The FDA is proposing to amend its regulations to establish a programme for food safety testing by accredited laboratories. Public comment on these proposed changes, which would be implemented graduall...Read More


Mainland Chinese Exports of Siluriformes Fish to the United States Greenlighted

5 Nov 2019

The Food Safety and Inspection Service is amending its fish inspection regulations to list mainland China, Thailand and Vietnam as economies eligible to export Siluriformes fish and fish products to t...Read More


Records Required Under Foreign Supplier Verification Rule Outlined by FDA

10 Oct 2019

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a list of records that importers are required to maintain under the foreign supplier verification programme regulations. FSVP requirements are already in ef...Read More


Imported Food Safety Enforcement Actions Highlighted in New FDA Tool

3 Oct 2019

The Food and Drug Administration has made available a new tool designed to track the impact of the seven foundational regulations issued under the Food Safety Modernization Act, measure their progress...Read More


Canada Establishes Maximum Residue Limit for Cypermethrin

26 Sept 2019

Maximum residue limits (MRLs) for Cypermethrin, proposed by the Pest Control Products Act, Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) for food imported to and sold in Canada, have been a...Read More


Denmark to Ban Certain Chemicals Found to Be Harmful in Food Packaging

23 Sept 2019

Denmark is to go ahead with a proposed ban on all organic fluorinated compounds in paper and cardboard food packaging materials in advance of EU-wide action, the country's Ministry of Environment and ...Read More


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

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