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Brazil Consults Over Proposal on Metal Cookware Regulations & Requirements

SafeGuardSFood Contact Material, Consumer Goods and Retail Hardgoods Food Contact MaterialMay 31, 2021

Brazil has launched a 60-day public consultation on a proposal to revise the nation’s technical regulation and conformity assessment requirements for metal cookware. Comments are accepted until June 10, 2021.

In April 2021, Brazil’s Ministry of Economy/National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (Ministério da Economia/Instituto Nacional de Metrologia, Qualidade e Tecnologia, Inmetro) issued Public Consultation No. 14 of April 7, 2021 (Consulta Pública  No. 14, de 7 de Abril de 2021) on a proposal to amend the nation’s Quality Technical Regulation and Conformity Assessment Requirements for metal cookware (the Proposal).

The Proposal contains, inter alia, several important changes to the requirements for metal cookware falling under Inmetro Ordinances 398/2012 ‘Technical Regulation’ and 419/2012 ‘Conformity Assessment Requirements’. It:

  • Clarifies that the scope of metal cookware is only for those intended to be used in ovens and on stoves:
    • ≤ 75 cm base or diagonal diameter for cookware to be used in ovens, equivalent to the diameter of the circumcircle in the geometric shape of the cookware, such as roasting pans, trays or other metal cookware with a similar function
    • ≤ 17 L volumetric capacity for cookware to be used on stoves, such as water baths, casseroles, steam cookers, pans, pots, woks or other cookware with a similar function
    • ≤ 40 cm base or diagonal diameter for cookware to be used on stoves, equivalent to the diameter of the circumcircle in the geometric shape of the cookware, such as grill pans, barbeque grills, crepe pans, frying pans, saucepans and other cookware with a similar function
    • ≤ 2 L volumetric capacity for cookware to be used on stoves, such as coffee makers, kettles, fryers or other cookware with a similar function
    • ≤ 30 L volumetric capacity for pressure cookers
  • Exempts pans with a capacity larger than those listed above and those exclusively for hotels, industry and campgrounds, cookware made of silicone, rechargeable electrical items and those that are disposable 
  • Requires cookware exclusively for use in hotels, industry or campgrounds to be properly identified on their labels or packaging
  • Updates the list of supplementary documents in Inmetro Ordinance 398/2012 (see Table 1 below)
  • Replaces ‘ABNT NBR 6589, classes FC100, FC150 and FC200’ with ‘DIN EN 1561, classes GJL-100, GJL-150 or GJL-200’ for cast iron pressure cooker bodies and other cookware bodies
  • Amends the testing requirements for physical and mechanical properties
  • Clarifies the grouping on types of cookware by family, revises the sampling and acceptance criteria for cookware and pressure cookers, as well as illustrative requirements for the conformity identification seal under Inmetro Ordinance 419/2012

According to the Proposal, comments will be accepted until June 10, 2021.

Highlights of the revised list of supplementary documents under Inmetro Ordinance 398/2012 are summarized in Table 1. 

Public Consultation No. 14 of April 7, 2021
Ministry of Economy/National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology
Official Journal of the Union, April 12, 2021
EntryLegislation (including amendment)/Standard
Title
1Anvisa RDC No. 91 of 2001
Technical Regulation – General criteria for packaging and food equipment in contact with food
2Anvisa Resolution No. 105, 1999
Approves the Technical Regulation on the general provisions for packaging and plastic equipment in contact with food
3Anvisa RDC No. 123, 2001
Approves the Technical Regulation on packaging and elastomeric equipment in contact with food
4Anvisa RDC No. 20, 2007
Approves the technical Regulation on provisions for packaging, coatings, utensils, lids, and metallic equipment in contact with food
5Anvisa RDC No. 17, 2008
Approves the Technical Regulation on a positive list of additives for plastic materials intended for the preparation of packaging and equipment in contact with food
6Anvisa Ordinance No. 27, 1996
Approves the Technical Regulation on glass and ceramic packaging and equipment in contact with food
7Anvisa Ordinance No. 987, 1998
Approves the Technical Regulation for disposable polyethylene terephthalates – PET – multilayer packaging intended for the packaging of carbonated non-alcoholic beverages, contained in the Annex to this Ordinance
8ABNT NBR ISO 209:2007
Aluminum and its alloys – Chemical composition
9ABNT NBR ISO 4287:2009
Geometric product specifications (GPS) – Roughness: Profile method – Roughness terms, definitions and parameters
10ISO 2747:1998
Vitreous and porcelain enamels – Enameled cooking utensils – Determination of resistance to thermal shock
11ISO 4532:1991
Vitreous and porcelain enamels – Determination of the resistance of enameled articles to impact – Pistol test
12 ISO 6508-1:2016
Metallic materials – Rockwell hardness test Part 1: Test method (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, K, N, T scales)
13ISO 28706-2:2017
Vitreous and porcelain enamels – Determination of resistance to chemical corrosion – Part 2: Determination of resistance to chemical corrosion by boiling acids, boiling neutral liquids and/or their vapors
14ASTM A240M:2020
Standard specification for chromium and chromium-nickel stainless steel plate, sheet, and strip for pressure vessels and for general applications
15ABNT NBR 5601:2011
Stainless steels – Classification by chemical composition
16ABNT NBR 8094:1983
Coated and uncoated metal material – corrosion by exposure to salt spray
17ABNT NBR 11823:2016
Metal household items – Pressure cooker
18ABNT NBR 12610:2010
Surface treatment of aluminum and its alloys – Determination of the thickness of non-conductive layers by the eddy current method (Eddy Current) 
19ABNT 12611:2006
Aluminum and its alloys – Surface treatment – Determination of anodic layer thickness – Optical microscopy method
20ABNT 14155:2010
Surface treatment of aluminum and its alloys – Determination of the microhardness of the anodic layer of anodizing for technical purposes (hard)
21ABNT NBR 14630:2018
Metal household items for use in ovens and stoves
22ABNT NBR 14622:2006
Aluminum and its alloys – Surface treatment – Determination of paint adhesion – X – cut and grid cut method
23ABNT NBR 14876:2016
Metallic household appliances – Handles, long handles, knobs and fastening systems 
24ANBT NBR 15321-1:2019 
Metallic household appliances – Non-stick coating Part 1 – Safety
25ABNT NBR 15321-2:2020
Metallic household appliances – Non-stick coating Part 2: Performance for products used in ovens
26ABNT NBR 15975:2011
Primary aluminum and casting – Chemical composition
27ABNT NBR 5906:2008
Thin hot carbon steel plates for stamping – Specification
28ABNT NBR 5915-1:2013
Cold rolled steel sheets and coils – Part 1: Requirements
29ABNT NBR 6589:2015
Gray cast iron parts classified according to tensile strength
30ABNT NBR 6651:2013
Cold rolled carbon steel sheets and coils for glass enameling – Specification
31DIN EN 1561:2012Founding – Gray cast irons

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