Skip to Menu Skip to Search Contact Us Global Websites & Languages Skip to Content

South Korea has incorporated, among other things, volatile organic matter into its standards and specifications for food contact materials and articles. The revisions became effective on May 29, 2020.

SAFEGUARDS | Consumer ProductsNO. 091/20

 SG 09120 Infant Bottle

In South Korea, food contact materials and articles are regulated under the Food Sanitation Act (the Act). Chapter 3 of the Act prohibits the presence or use of toxic/harmful chemicals in food contact utensils, containers and packaging which could endanger human health, as well as directing the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) to establish standards and specifications for these products.

On May 29, 2020, the MFDS published Notice No. 2020-43 announcing its revision to ‘Standards and Specifications for Food Utensils, Containers and Packaging’.  The latest amendment contains several important changes:

  • Revising common manufacturing standards and specifications, including improved methods and layouts
  • Clarifying the use of recycled synthetic resins (recycled plastics) is allowed for materials and articles that do not come into direct contact with food, such as those in multi-layer articles, and subject to these recycled materials not imparting harmful substances into food
  • A completely new requirement of no more than 0.5% total volatile organic matter (VOM) for rubber nipples for young children and its corresponding method (200 °C, 4 hours)

The Notice became effective on the date of its publication - May 29, 2020.

SGS is committed to providing information about development in regulations for consumer products as complimentary services. Through a global network of laboratories, SGS provides a wide range of services including physical/mechanical testing, analytical testing and consultancy work for technical and non-technical parameters applicable to a comprehensive range of consumer products. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.

For enquiries, please contact:

Hingwo Tsang
Global Information and Innovation Manager
t: (+852) 2774 7420

Stay on top of regulatory changes within your industry: subscribe to SafeGuardS!

Read more articles for the Consumer Goods and Retail Industry

© SGS Group Management SA - 2020 - All rights reserved - SGS is a registered trademark of SGS Group Management SA. This is a publication of SGS, except for 3rd parties’ contents submitted or licensed for use by SGS. SGS neither endorses nor disapproves said 3rd parties contents. This publication is intended to provide technical information and shall not be considered an exhaustive treatment of any subject treated. It is strictly educational and does not replace any legal requirements or applicable regulations. It is not intended to constitute consulting or professional advice. The information contained herein is provided “as is” and SGS does not warrant that it will be error-free or will meet any particular criteria of performance or quality. Do not quote or refer any information herein without SGS’ prior written consent.