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Canada Updates Standards for Food Contact Glass and Ceramics

SafeGuardSHardgoodsJanuary 25, 2024

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Canada has revised two standards for compliance with the nation’s law on food contact glass and ceramics. These became effective in November 2023.

In December 2023, Canada issued Regulations Amending Certain Department of Health Regulations (Miscellaneous Program): SOR/2023-247 to update, amongst others, two standards falling under the Glazed Ceramics and Glassware Regulations (SOR/2016-175, the Regulation).

The following two standards are legally accepted methods for demonstrating compliance with the migration of lead and cadmium in food contact glass and ceramic materials and articles under the Regulation.

Highlights of the amendment are summarized in Table 1.

Glazed Ceramics and Glassware Regulations (SOR/2016-175)

SOR/2023-247 amending SOR 2016-175SOR/2016-175
Standard under Section 1 to ScheduleISO 6486-1:2019 ‘Ceramic ware, glass ware and glass dinnerware in contact with food – Release of lead and cadmium – Part 1: Test Method’ISO 6486-1:1999
Standard under Section 2 to ScheduleASTM C927-80(2019)e1 ‘Standard Test Method for Lead and Cadmium Extracted from the Lip and Rim Area of Glass Tumblers Externally Decorated with Ceramic Glass Enamels’ASTM C927-80 (2004)
Effective date November 24, 2023 (date of registration)--

Table 1

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, paving the way for compliance. From overall migration tests to expert advice on emerging regulations, compliance issues and documentation review, SGS is the partner to trust. Discover more on our website. In the end, it’s only trusted because it’s tested.

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