New FCM General Guidelines and GMP Guidelines in ASEAN

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The Prepared Foodstuffs Product Working Group (PFPWG) of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) published two documents on Food Contact Materials (FCM). The two guidelines are ‘ASEAN General Guideline on Food Contact Materials’ and ‘ASEAN Guidelines for Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) for Food Contact Materials’.

In terms of form, these two documents have borrowed from the European Union’s (EC) No 1935/2004 and (EC) No 2023/2006, as for content, they are similar to China’s GB 4806.1-2016 and GB 31604.1-2015. In ASEAN’s follow-up FCM legislation, it is likely to continue to adopt the management model ‘standards + positive list of materials’.

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