Japan Updates Regulations on Food Contact Materials Containing PEN

Top Quote Japan has introduced new regulations regarding polyethylene naphthalate (PEN) use in food contact materials and articles. The new law takes effect on December 6, 2016. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) August 09, 2016 - On June 8, 2016, the Japan Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) published Notification No.245 of 2016 to introduce new regulations regarding the use of polyethylene naphthalate (PEN) in food contact materials and articles. The new regulations relate to both food contact materials and articles made from PEN and food contact materials and articles where PEN is the principle ingredient.

    Food contact materials and articles made from PEN are already obliged to comply with the regulations relating to general plastics. These requirements relate to cadmium content, lead content, migration of heavy metals expressed as lead and consumption of potassium permanganate.

    The additional regulations on PEN food contact materials and articles will relate to:
    Evaporation residue
    Migration of germanium

    PEN is a polyester polymer with applications in the thermoforming industry and is used in containers for carbonated beverages, beer, water and other liquids.

    Japan has introduced these changes by creating a food contact materials section in the 'Specifications and Standards for Food, Food Additives, etc' segment of the Japan Food Sanitation Law (JFSL).

    The new law will take effect on December 8, 2016.

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