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The World Trade Organization (WTO) has circulated a notification announcing Japan’s proposal to regulate food contact polyethylene naphthalate (PEN) materials falling under the Japan Food Sanitation Law (JFSL). The date of adoption is anticipated to be Q2 of 2016.

On 4 February, 2016, the WTO circulated notification document number 16-0760 [1] announcing Japan’s proposal to amend ‘Specifications and Standards for Foods, Food Additives, etc’ under the Japan Food Sanitation Act, a piece of legislation commonly known as the Japan Food Sanitation Law (JFSL). This proposal would establish a new section for food contact utensils, containers, and packaging made of polyethylene naphthalate (PEN) or food contact materials manufactured from PEN as the principal ingredient. This new section includes the following requirements:

  • Evaporation residues

  • Specific migration of germanium

According to the notification, the proposal would be adopted soon after the comment period ends in early April, 2016.

Highlights of the proposal are summarised in Table 1.

Table 1: WTO Circular 16-0760, Proposal to Amend the Japan Food Sanitation Act

Item Food contact material Parameter Requirement Proposed date of adoption
1 Polyethylene naphathalate (PEN) Evaporation residue ≤ 30 μg/mL Q2 2016
2 Specific migration of germanium ≤ 0.1 μg/mL

SGS technical experts have extensive knowledge and testing experience in materials and articles in contact with food. They work to ensure that your products meet the appropriate regulations for food contact materials and pave the way for compliance. From overall migration test to expert advices on emerging regulations and compliance issues and documentation review, SGS is the partner to trust. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information or visit our website.

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