Food-Contact Petitions in China and the U.S.: Content and Comparison
Onsite Workshop Highlight
  • The Basics of China and FDA Food-Contact Regulations – An Overview
  • Filing for Clearing Food-Contact Substances in China
           o    Materials for Chinese Food-Contact Petitions
           o    Petition Process
           o    Obstacles and Pitfalls
  • FDA’s Food Contact Notification Program
           o    Elements of an FCN
           o    Describing the FCS
           o    Estimating Exposure and Assessing Toxicology
           o    Post-market Changes to An FCN
  • Summary and Advice on Best Practices in Submitting Food-Contact Petitions in Both Countries
  • Q&A
Registration & Welcome
Registration Onsite
Opening remarks from the chair
Session 1: Food Packaging Legislation in APAC Regions and Above
Update of GB standards in China
  • New updates of GB standards
  • Recycling in China
  • Recall issues
  • Green product
  • Ink
Update of positive list in Japan
  • Update of positive list
  • Direction of regulation development in Japan
Networking break
Updates on food contact legislation in Thailand and ASEAN
In Thailand the Thai Food and Drug Administration(FDA) , Ministry of Public Health (MOH) is designated as the national authority for the safety of food packaging whereas Thai Industrial Standard Institute's (TISI) Ministry of Industry (MOI) is responsible to develop various industrial standards including food contact materials standard. Food contact materials standard is cover both technical quality and safety of product. The presentation will update the future trend of food contact material requirements in Thailand.
For ASEAN region, after the establishment of ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015, the Prepared Food Product Working Group under AEC realize the importance of food contact materials on the safety of food products. Therefore Thailand was appointed by ACCSQ- PFPWG committee to develop ASEAN General Guidelines on Food Contact Materials and ASEAN Guideline on Good Manufacturing Practice for Food Contact Materials which was adopted in 27 th and 29 th ACCSQ-PFPWG in 2018 and 2019. The next step Thailand supported by EU expert unders EU ARISE will develop the Guideline for Specific Measure to comprise food contact materials which are ceramic and plastics.
Sumalee Tangpitayakul | Advisor, Thai Packaging Association
Food packaging legislation in other Asia countries
  • India
  • Other Asia countries and regions
Lunch break
Session 2: Food Contact Regulations in Europe
EU and UK developments in food contact regulation
  • FCM regulatory situation in Europe
  • Trends in compliance
  • Impact of COVID-19
  • Sustainability vs. compliance

Dr Alistair Irvine | Senior Manager, Food Contact Testing, Smithers
Session 3: Innovations for More Sustainable Food Contact Packaging
Innovative solution of plastic alternative for food packaging
  • Paper packaging
  • Paper-plastic packaging
  • Bio-based materials
Sustainable metal packaging for food and beverage
Networking break
Post-consumer recycled plastics in food contact: safety and sustainability aspects
The use of recycled plastics in food contact paves the way for new products, fostering sustainable solutions in food packaging materials. The regulatory scenario is well developed in the US and, to a certain extent, in Europe. There is an increased interest in several Asian Countries in adopting solutions leading to such application, especialy in the field of recyling Polyester in bottle-to-bottle applications, however the regulatory framework should be adapted to the specific markets. Although the general criteria to ensure safety may not deviate from those adopted in US and EU, the parameters used for calculation of exposure to potential contaminants (Consumption Factors) might be different. The speech will focus on the experience gained in qualify post-consumer plastics for food contact application, along with the Department of Packaging & Materials Technology, University of Kasetsart (Bangkok).
1. regulatory scenario in US and EU for food contact recycled plastics
2. the Asian market: which problems need to be solved?
3. a possible scenario in the Asian countries for recycled plastics
Dr Dario Dainelli | Owner & Managing Director , Dario Dainelli-Policy & Regulatory Affairs
PANEL: Recycled plastics for food packaging
  • Challenges and opportunities of recycled materials for food packaging
  • Mutual impact of sustainability and regulations on food safety
Registration & Welcome
Registration Onsite
Opening remarks from the chair
Session 4: Safety in Food Contact Packaging and Materials
Risk assessment and toxicology considerations for FCM
Safety assessment of plastics: how to assess the recycled materials from suppliers
Networking break
Session 5: Case Studies of FCM in Different Applications on Compliance/Safety/Sustainability-Perspectives from End Users
Safety & compliance of paper as a “sustainable” alternative to SUP from an industry perspective
  • Plastic alternatives for food packaging
  • Overview of global regulations on paper packaging for food

Sylvain Rannou | NPTC Dairy Packaging Quality, Safety & Compliance Senior Specialist, Nestle
Best practice of safety and compliance of food contact packaging
Lunch break
The key role of upstream
While in our Packaging Specifications Team we are used to work with our direct suppliers, in two cases the role of the upstream suppliers was key to successfully launch.
The first case is related to the root cause analysis. After extensive NIAS testing, substances can be detected that are either cannot be identified (called ‘unknowns’) or non-compliant with our Danone Absent By Design list. As our direct suppliers are usually not aware of the complete formulation, we try to find the answers upstream. This triangle cooperation is required in many projects run in Danone, and there is room for improvement.
The second case is related to the set-off of inks. Our direct suppliers are usually not the producers of the inks. Therefore, when set-off migration is perceived from the inks or varnish, the knowledge of upstream suppliers is what helps us define the most effective mitigation plans.
By increasing the cooperation and the open communication between all our businesses, we can work together on having safe and compliant products on the market.
Svetlana Epifanova | Global Packaging Specifications Manager, Specialized Nutrition, Danone Nutricia Research
Session 6: Challenges and Innovations in Food Contact Materials & Articles
Inks for food contact packaging
Due to the global regulatory landscape on inks printed on food packaging and the fact of its own complexity, compliance of ink is challenging. This session will share best practice from an ink company.
The risk assessment of non-intentionally added substances in food contact materials & articles
The current Chinese GB standard 4806.1-2016 (General safety requirements for food contact materials and articles) contains, as the European food contact regulation, a requirement (by means of section 3 (Basic requirements)) that, a.o. the amount of substances migrating from Food Contact Materials & Articles into food should not cause harm to human health of the consumer.
Next to that the concept of non-intentionally added substances (NIAS) was introduced in this standard (point 2.13).
However, unfortunately this standard does not indicate how you should indicate that these NIAS do not pose any risk for the health of the consumer.
The EU food contact regulation 10/2011 of January 14, 2011 contains the famous Article 19 on the assessment of substances not included in the Union list and which is the link between Article 3 of the EU framework Directive 1935/2004 and the concept of NIAS.
As European Plastics Industry we have a lot experience with these risk assessments and we like to inform you on our learnings, guidance's and tools that we have developed.

Sabine Lindner, Consumer and Environmental Affairs, PlasticsEurope
Marcel Bosma | Chairman, PlasticsEurope
Networking break
Session 7: Food Contact Regulations in North America
Overview of FDA’s food contact substance notification program
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA) regulates food additives under the authority of the 1958 Food Additives Amendment to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) and the 1997 amendment known as the Food and Drug Administration Modernization Act (FDAMA). FDAMA defined a food contact substance (FCS) and provided for the Agency’s Food Contact Substance Notification Program. All food contact substances require premarket authorization based on their intended use and the dietary exposures to the FCS and its impurities resulting from the intended use. There are three regulatory pathways for obtaining premarket authorization for the use of an FCS: submission of (1) a food additive petition, (2) a food contact notification, and (3) a Threshold of Regulation Exemption (TOR). FDA recently launched an CFSAN Online Submission Module (COSM) to assist industries with the assembly of their submissions. Additionally, this presentation will provide an overview of the Agency’s recommendations for recycled plastics and paper used in food contact. FDA has a voluntary review program for recycled plastics used in food contact.
Anita Chang | Regulatory Review Scientist, U.S. FDA
Food Contact Materials Regulation in Canada
  • Overview of food contact regulations in Canada
  • Recycled materials for food packaging
  • Trend of FCM regulation development