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Malaysia has published a draft amendment for feeding bottles and teats under its Food Regulations 1985. The labeling requirements involve the use of specific language.

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On March 2, 2018, the World Trade Organization circulated a proposal from Malaysia announcing its intention to amend Regulation 27A [1] ‘Prohibited feeding bottles’ under Food Regulations 1985. The proposed amendment and clerical revisions, attached to WTO documents 18-1324 [2] (G/TBT/N/MYS/78) and 18-1898 [3] (G/TBT/N/MYS/78/Corr.1), contain a number of important changes. These include the following:

 

  • Replacing the title in the regulations

  • Providing a completely new definition for feeding bottles and teats

  • Requiring feeding bottles and teats to be labeled with instructions for cleaning and sterilization, and the information summarized in Table 1

  • Labels on feeding bottles or teats that are sold separately are prohibited from containing the following:

    • A picture, graphic or text suggesting a similarity of the product with a mother’s breast, pictures or graphics of infants or parts of infants or other persons, and

    • Information promoting or advertising another product

Comments on the proposal can be submitted until April 30, 2018 (60 days from the date of notification)

Highlights of the draft amendment are summarized in Table 1.

WTO Document 18-1342
Draft Amendment of Regulation 27A, Food Regulations 1985

Item
Scope
Labeling Particulars
1
Feeding Bottles
  • Scale mark and
  • The words ‘PENGGUANN BOTOL SUSU BOLEH MENJEJAS PENYUSUAN SUSU IBU’
2
Teats that are sold separately from feeding bottles
  • Shelf life of teat, and
  • The words ‘PENGGUNAAN PUTTING SUSU BOLEH MENJEJAS PENYUSUAN SUSU IBU’

Table 1. Labeling information feeding bottles and teats

The draft amendment has not provided an English translation for the two phrases that would be used on the label.  These phrases may be translated as the following:

  • PENGGUANN BOTOL SUSU BOLEH MENJEJAS PENYUSUAN SUSU IBU (the use of baby bottles can affect breastfeeding)
  • PENGGUNAAN PUTTING SUSU BOLEH MENJEJAS PENYUSUAN SUSU IBU (the use of teats can affect breastfeeding)

Next step:

Stakeholders are advised to comply with the latest requirements for baby bottles and teats for the Malaysian Market.

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