Importing from China: a Food Contact Study

This eBook assesses the changing regulatory landscape in China for food contact materials.

Product detail
Product type: Books
Date of publication: 31 Dec 2010
Product format: Online
Number of pages: 47

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As food safety issues continue to attract concern in China, the Government has published a new Food Safety Law, focuses on the proper use, sourcing, and regulation of food, food additives and food related products including food containers and food packaging materials. This e-book assesses the evolving regulatory landscape in China for materials that come into contact with food.


Executive summary

  • Introduction and methodology
  • Report scope
  • Report objective
  • Methodology
  • List of definitions

Food contact packaging

  • Current issues surrounding China's use of packaging materials used for food contact applications
  • Overview of food packaging regulations (e.g. GB9685-2008), packaging materials and additives
  • The role of package designer, converter, brand owner, food manufacturer, and consumer (the complete supply chain) in minimising any public health problems

Regulatory landscape

  • Regulations and initiatives surrounding China's packaging materials used for food contact applications
  • Definition of food packaging/food containers, types of packaging and end-use applications
  • Additives permitted and migration levels tolerated
  • Packaged food for domestic consumption as well as imports
  • Definition of impurities, residues, byproducts
  • Regulatory harmonisation with other countries, namely the US and Europe
  • China's (Ministry of Health) packaging material approval process
  • Procedures to ensure the safety of food contact materials
  • Toxicity testing

Packaging process and materials

  • Impact of regulations on selection of packaging materials and designs, processes used and end-use applications
  • Packaging materials
  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Plastic
  • Paper
  • Packaging processes and equipment
  • Aseptic filling
  • Vacuum technology
  • Effects of consumer use on food-package interaction
  • Ovenable and microwaveable packaging

Outlook for food contact packaging

  • Outlook for food contact packaging regulations and technologies over the next five to 10 years
  • Regulations to include food production equipment and cleaning
  • New food packaging materials (e.g. bio-based polymers)
  • Emerging regulations (e.g. additive migration limits)
  • International cooperation

Tables and Figures

  • Packaging function and features
  • Types of packaging impacted by GB9685-2008
  • Possible migrants from food packaging
  • Conventions for migration, exposure and risk assessment of food contact material migrants
  • Toxicological testing requirements for food contact substances
  • Major food safety concerns in mainland China
  • Food industry regulatory spectrum
  • Packaging-related laws, regulations and standards in China
  • Food contact materials regulations