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Thailand Proposes Mandatory Standard for Cooking Paper

SafeGuardSHardgoodsAugust 18, 2023

SG 103/23

Thailand has informed the WTO of its intention to mandate TIS 3438-2565 (2022) for cooking paper. This standard will become a legal standard 180 days after publication in the Government Gazette.

In 2022, Thailand’s Ministry of Industry announced the publication of TIS 3438-2565 (2022) for cooking paper. This standard defines the safety requirements for food contact paper, cardboard and paper containers made from virgin pulp or virgin pulp mixed with non-coloring synthetic fibers for filtering hot liquids, heating or cooking food at temperatures not exceeding 220 ºC. It also specifies the type, dimension and capacity, material, migration of substances, specifications, packing, marking and labeling, sampling, hygiene requirements and test methods for these products.

Highlights of the requirements for substances in TIS 3438-2565 (2022) are summarized in Table 1.

TIS 3438-2565 (2022) ‘Food Contact Cooking Paper’ 
Per Table 1 (Section 6.2) Text

Item No.SubstanceTest MethodRequirement
1LeadEN 12498≤ 3.0 mg/kg
2Cadmium≤ 0.5 mg/kg
3Chromium≤ 0.25 mg/kg
4MercuryEN 12497≤ 0.3 mg/kg
5Optical brightening agentEN 648Absent
6Antimicrobial constituentEN 1104No antimicrobial transfer
7Evaporation residue when extracted with modified polypropylene oxide (MPPO)EN 14338≤ 10 mg/dm2

Table 1

In July 2023, the World Trade Organization (WTO) announced a draft ministerial regulation from the Thai Industrial Standards Institute (TISI), Ministry of Industry, on its intention to mandate TIS 3438-2565 (2022) for cooking paper.

According to the draft ministerial regulation, this regulation will become effective 180 days from the date of its publication in the Government Gazette.

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