Food contact regulations in Asia

China Food Safety Law and National Standards

The Food Safety Law of the People's Republic of China (PRC), which became effective on June 1, 2009, governs all issues involving food quality and food safety in the PRC. It covers all food, food additives and food-related products. The Food Safety Law was revised on April 24, 2015, providing ongoing effort to strengthen food safety supervision and management including providing legal guidance on the issuance of food safety national standards.

These national standards (GB or “Guo Biao” in Chinese) apply to, among other things, food contact materials, including resins, additives in food containers and packaging materials. They set detailed requirements for various food contact materials, and are promulgated jointly by the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) and China Food and Drug Administration.

Examples of GB standards and applications relevant to ExxonMobil fluids, although not fully defined yet in terms of scope and/or terminology, include:

  • GB9685-2008 “Hygienic standards for uses of additives in food containers and packaging materials”: it prescribes products approved for food contact applications based on their CAS number;
  • GB 16629-2008 “Solvent for extraction of vegetable oils”: specific to the use of hydrocarbon solvents for extraction of edible oils, it prescribes requirements and test methods.
  • The oil products approved for use in rolling aluminum for food contact applications will be dependent on a number of new and revised GB standards not yet published.

As these Chinese food contact regulations and standards evolve, in particular after the revised Food Safety Law took effect on Oct 1, 2015, updates will be provided on ExxonMobil-compliant products.

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Taiwan FDA

In Taiwan, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a hygiene standard for food processing aids, listing seven substances including hexane and IPA fluids. This standard (only available in Chinese) became effective February 18, 2016. For each of the food processing aids such as ExxonMobil Exxsol™ hexane and ExxonMobil™ IPA fluids, the standard contains maximum residue limits for specific food processing applications (e.g., oilseed extraction) as well as specification and test requirements:

  • Hexane:
    • May be used for extraction of edible oils, residual level below 0.1 ppm;
    • May be used for other types of food, residual level below 20 ppm.
  • IPA:
    • May be used for spice oleoresin, residual level below 50 ppm;
    • May be used for lemon oil, residual level below 6 ppm;
    • May be used for extraction of hops, residual level below 2.0% (accounted by weight).

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These materials have been prepared for general information purposes.  The information presented is not legal advice, is not to be acted on as such, may not be current and is subject to change without notice.

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