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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Germany

 

Products and materials in contact with Drinking water

Products and materials in contact with Drinking water

 

Products and materials in contact with Drinking water

On 24th September 2018, the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy notified to the European Commission two draft documents related to materials and products in contact with drinking water.

Reference

Title

2018/479/D

Recommendation for the conformity certification of products’ suitability for use with drinking water

The present recommendation for the conformity certification serves as the national preparation for the European harmonisation that is being pursued and, together with the applicable basis for assessment, aims to establish robust, unified procedures for the inspection and certification of products’ suitability for use with drinking water

2018/480/D

Basis for assessment of plastics and other organic materials in contact with drinking water (KTW-BWGL)

 

 

UK

 

Consultation about FCM regulation without Brexit 's agreement

 

On 14th October 2018, UK FSA (Food Standards Agency) published a consultation: “Proposed approach to retained EU law for food and feed safety and hygiene”.

The main points of this consultation are food and animal feed, but FSA suggested to keep all the food contact materials (FCM) regulations from the EU in place in case UK will leave the EU in a no-deal scenario. Interestingly, the aim of this document, and also the request to the stakeholders, is not to discuss whether the EU regulations should be taken over but which responsibilities should be transferred from European institutions to British institutions.

For more information about this consultation click here.

 

 

US

 

New substances for the FDA inventory of Effective Food Contact Substances

 

The following substances have been recently added to the Inventory of Effective Food Contact Substances (FCS) Notifications of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

FCN number

Substances

Date

1913

Tricyclodecanedimethanol (TCDM) (CAS Reg. Nos. 26896-48-0 and 26160-83-8)

September 29, 2018

1912

Polypropylene (CAS Reg. No. 9003-07-0)

September 21, 2018

1910

 Ethylene phthalate polymers modified with 1,2,4,5-benzenetetracarboxylic dianhydride (pyromellitic dianhydride (PMDA; CAS Reg. No. 89-32-7)) and 1,3-butadiene, homopolymer, hydroxy-terminated (PBD; CAS Reg. No. 69102-90-5) used in conjunction with cobalt stearate (CAS Reg. No. 13586-84-0)

September 19, 2018

1907

 Dimethyl, methyl vinyl polysiloxane, vinyl group-terminated (CAS Reg. No. 68083-18-1), reaction products with poly(ethylene-co-methyl acrylate) (CAS Reg. No. 25103-74-6)

August 23, 2018

1902

2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA; CAS Reg. No. 868-77-9)

August 8, 2018

1896

 Polycyclooctene (CAS Reg. No. 25267-51-0), used in conjunction with cobalt stearate (CAS Reg. No. 13586-84-0)

September 20, 2018

1888

 An aqueous mixture of peroxyacetic acid (CAS Reg. No.79-21- 0), hydrogen peroxide (CAS Reg. No.7722-84-1), acetic acid (CAS Reg. No. 64-19-17), 1-hydroxyethylidine-1,1-diphosphonic acid (HEDP; CAS Reg. No. 2809-21-4), and optionally sulfuric acid (CAS Reg. No. 7664-93-9) 

August 30, 2018

1886

 An aqueous mixture containing peroxyacetic acid (PAA; CAS Reg. No. 79-21-0), hydrogen peroxide (HP; CAS Reg. No. 7722-84-1), acetic acid (CAS Reg. No. 64-19-7), 1-hydroxyethylidene-1,1-diphosphonic acid (HEDP; CAS Reg. No. 2809-21-4), dipicolinic acid (DPA; CAS Reg. No. 499-83-2), and, optionally, sulfuric acid (CAS Reg. No. 7664-93-9)

September 27, 2018

 

Click here for going to the Inventory of Effective Food Contact Substance (FCS) Notifications list.

 

 

US - California

 

Maximum Allowable Dose Levels (MADLs) for n-hexane

Maximum Allowable Dose Levels (MADLs) for n-hexane

 

On 5th October 2018, California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) opened a public consultation regarding its proposal to stablish two Maximum Allowable Dose Levels (MADLs) for n-hexane. The proposed MADLs are:

 

Chemical Name

Level (Micrograms/day)

n-Hexane  (oral)

28,000

n-Hexane (inhalation)

20,000

Consultation is opened until November 19, 2018.

Click here for more information in OEHHA website.

 

 

China

 

NHC published new notice regarding 14 new approved food contact additives and other relevant updates

 

On 30th September 2018, National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China (NHC) adopted the safety evaluation of some new additives and monomers from China National Centre for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA), and published notice No. 11 of 2018 based on Food Safety Law. This updated rule came into effect on the date of publication.  

An overview of the new approved substances can be found as follows:

  • Two new food contact additives are allowed to be used as additives for manufacturing food contact materials and articles

No.

CAS#

Substance

1

1659307-53-5

1-Propannaminium, N,N,N-trimethyl-3-[(1-oxo-2-propen-1-yl)amino]-, chloride (1:1), polymer with ethenamine and 2-propenamide, hydrochloride

2

8016-11-3

Epoxidized linseed oil

  • Seven food contact additives are expanded in terms of scope and usage

No.

CAS#

Substance

3

9002-88-4

Polyethylene

4

11097-59-9; 12304-65-3

Magnesium aluminium hydroxide carbonate (hydrate)

5

123-95-5

Butyl stearate

6

123-31-9

1,4-Benzenediol

7

68611-44-9

Silane, dichlorodimethyl-, reaction products with silica

8

110553-27-0

2-Methyl-4,6-bis(octylsulfanylmethyl)phenol

9

6408-72-6

C.I. Disperse Violet 26; Disperse Violet H-FRL; 1,4-diamino-2,3-diphenoxyanthraquinone

  • Five new resins are allowed to be used as food contact resins

No.

CAS#

Substance

10

68954-38-1

Formaldehyde reaction products with bisphenol A and butyl alcohol

11

-

2-propenoic acid, 2-methyl-, polymer with 1,4-benzenediol, 2-(chloromethyl) oxirane, 2-propenoic acid, 2-methyl-, ethyl ester, ethyl 2-propenoate, 2-propenoic acid, butyl ester and 4,4’-methylenebis [2,6-dimethylphenol], 2-(dimethylamino) ethanol-quarternized

12

25034-86-0

2-Propenoic acid, 2-methyl-, methyl ester, polymer with ethenylbenzene

13

-

Urea polymer with formaldehyde and bisphenol A

14

25214-81-7

Polymer of isophthalic acid, terephthalic acid, sebacic acid and butane-1,4-diol

 

The complete notification can be found here (in Chinese).

 

 

China

 

MNHC public consultation regarding food contact materials and articles standards

MNHC public consultation regarding food contact materials and articles standards

 

On 14th September 2018, China National Health Commission (NHC) launched a public consultation on two national food contact safety standards regarding surface coatings and paints (GB 4806.10) and regarding rubber material and articles (GB 4806.11). The public consultation was opened until 31st October 2018.

The complete notification can be found here (in Chinese).

 

 

Mercosur

 

Positive list for additives in plastic materials

 

On 14th September 2018, the MERCOSUR working subgroup nº 3 ("Technical regulations and conformity assessment") notified to the World Trade Organization the  “Draft Common Market Group Resolution: "MERCOSUR Technical Regulation on the positive list of additives for the preparation of plastic materials and polymeric coatings in contact with foodstuffs" with reference G/TBT/N/ARG/343.

This draft establishes a list of authorized additives and the respective compositional limits, specific migration limits, usage restrictions, calculation method and the use of correction factors.

Final date for comments is 4th November 2018.