Little Pro on 2017-04-07
GB 9685-2016 National Food Safety Standard: Standard for the Use of Additives in Food Contact Materials sets out a positive list of additives that can be used to produce various food contact materials and articles including their use scope and restrictions. It replaces GB 9685-2008 and comes into force on 19 Oct 2017. New additives or new uses which are not included in GB 9685-2016 must be approved by the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) first before they can be used to produce certain types of food contact materials and articles in China.
NHFPC has already approved dozens of food contact additives since 2016. Although not listed in GB 9685, these approved additives can also be used in the manufacture of food contact articles in China.
GB 9685 includes definition, general rules and several appendixes. The appendixes are the most important parts. The use of additives in food contact materials and their articles shall simultaneously meet the requirements of Appendixes A, B and C in GB 9685.
To be more specific, Appendix A includes 7 tables.
For each additive, its name, CAS no., use scope, maximum use level, specific migration limit (SML) or maximum residue (QM) and other requirements are given (see example for A1 below).
In addition to the additives which are clearly listed in the appendix of GB 9685, the following substances may also be used as additives in food contact materials and their products.
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