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Brazil Consults Over Proposal to Revise Food Contact Packaging, Utensils, Lids and Metallic Equipment

SafeGuardSHardgoodsJanuary 13, 2023

SG 06/23

Brazil has informed the WTO of its intention to revise its Resolution on food contact packaging, coatings, utensils, lids and metallic equipment. Comments are accepted until March 6, 2023.

On January 5, 2023, the World Trade Organization (WTO) announced a draft resolution from Brazil’s Health Regulatory Agency (Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária, ANVISA) on its intention to revise the nation’s Resolution on food contact packaging, coatings, utensils, lids and metallic equipment.

The draft resolution, attached to WTO document number 23-0120, contains several important changes to Collegiate Board Resolution – RDC No. 20 March 22, 2007, as amended by Collegiate Board Resolution - RDC No. 498 of May 20, 2021 (Table 1).

Article to Draft ResolutionHighlights
2.8 Impurities
  • Deletes copper as one of the metals in impurities
    • ≤ 1% for the sum of antimony, arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury, subject to ≤ 0.01% for each of arsenic, lead and mercury
3.1.1 Stainless steel alloys listed below
  • Expands the list of authorized stainless steels for the manufacture of utensils, lids and equipment
  • Restricts the use of four types of AISI/ASTM designated stainless steels
3.1.3 Technically pure aluminum and its alloys
  • Provides specifications and conditions of use for anodized and non-anodized aluminum and its alloys, including a statement on conditions of use for food contact aluminum and alloy articles that do not comply with certain provisions
3.5.3 Substances whose concentration in the finished product does not exceed 0.24 mg/dm² of the food contact metal surface
  • ≤ 0.2% diethylene glycol

Table 1

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