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China plans new FCM standards for ink and adhesives

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The China National Centre for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA) is drafting several new food contact material (FCM) standards and revising a number of existing ones, delegates at last week's AsiaHub Summit in Brussels heard.

The draft standards will include one for adhesives that will be released for public comments by the end of this year.

Dr Lei Zhu (pictured), deputy director of Standards Division III in the CFSA, told the conference that under this, adhesives will be classified as direct or indirect FCMs.

When used in an FCM product, adhesives will have to follow standard GB 4806.1-2016 – general safety requirements on food contact materials and articles. Adhesives will also need to comply with many technical requirements, as well as special migration tests and labelling obligations.

New printing ink standard

A printing standard is also being drafted. And Dr Zhu confirmed that it would cover both direct and indirect FCM printing inks, although the definition of direct is still under discussion.

She also told the conference that the CFSA is carrying out industry surveys on direct FCM printing inks. It is also conducting migration tests and establishing test and risk assessment methods.

Several standards under revision

Dr Zhu explained that since it published several FCM standards two years ago, they have "met with some problems". As a result the centre is currently undertaking evaluation work to revise and improve them.

More details available on CW+AsiaHub

Note: This story was amended on 8 October to correct the references from ‘indirect’ to 'direct' in paragraphs five and six, and to clarify that Dr Lei Zhu’s title is deputy director of Standards Division III in CFSA.

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