China NHFPC to Approve 4 New Food Contact Additives and 2 New Food Contact Materials

On 1 April 2014, The National Health and Family Planning Commission of People’s Republic of China (formerly the Ministry of Health) has published a notice for public comments on the approval of 4 new food contact additives and 2 new food contact materials.

The 4 new food contact additives are:


Chinese Name

English Name




Fluorolink F10




2,2,4-trimethy1-1,3-pentanediol diisobutyrate, TXIB

Plastic(PVC), Paper, Adhesive, Ink



Silicon carbide

Coating: Poly(tetrafluoroethylene)



Ammonium bromide


Please note that the maximum level of use is not shown here.

The 2 new food contact materials are:


Chinese Name

English Name





2-Propenoic acid, polymer with silicic acid (H4SiO4) tetramethyl ester, zinc salt


6.0(acrylic acid: SML);
25.0(Zn: SML)


2-丙烯酸丁酯与苯乙烯,2-甲基-2-丙烯酸,2-丙烯酸乙酯和2-甲基-2-丙烯酸环氧乙烷基甲基酯的聚合物; 丙烯酸丁酯与苯乙烯,甲基丙烯酸,丙烯酸乙酯和甲基丙烯酸缩水甘油酯的聚合物

2-Propenoic acid butyl ester, polymer with ethenyl benzene, 2-methyl-2-propenoic acid, 2-propenoic acid, ethyl ester, and 2-methyl-2-propenoic acid, oxiranylmethyl ester


6.0( butyl acrylate: SML);
6.0( methacrylic acid: SML);
6.0( ethyl acrylate: SML);
0.02( GMA: SML)


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Background Info and Update History

The Article 32 & 62 of China Food Safety Law prohibits the importation, use or purchase of food-related products (e.g., food additive, food packaging materials) not complying with applicable Chinese Food Safety Standards. The most important food safety standard for food contact additive is GB 9685-2008 Hygienic Standard for Use of Additives in Food Containers and Packaging Materials and it includes 959 approved food contact additives(including monomers) and this standard is regarded as a positive list of food contact additives in China. Food contact additives that are not on the positive list must be approved by health authorities first.

However, when the standard was issued in 2008, it received strong complaints from industry because many other food contact additives that had been approved in EU & USA or proved to be safe were already placed on Chinese market and were not yet included in the standard. To cope with this, the MoH and other ministries jointly issued a circular in 2009 allowing industry to petition by 1 June 2010 the Institute of Nutrition and Food Safety (INFS) for the listing of substances not yet listed on GB9685-2008 or other Chinese standards which are safe for contact use. This is called ‘Grandfathering Process’. As a result of this process, the MOH reviewed submitted petitions, approved more food contact additives and resins in several batches and expanded the positive list from 959 substances to more than 1,500 food contact additives(including MOH notice 2013-32).

More info about food contact regulations and food contact notifications in China, please click here.

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