A part of the Food Sanitation Law was amended, and a positive list system was introduced that allowed only safety-evaluated substances to be used in food utensils/containers and packaging, which came into effect on June 1, 2020.
A transitional period for 5 years has been established. Food contact materials that contain substances not on the positive list can also be sold during the transitional period if you can prove that they were sold before the enforcement. In addition, paper, rubber, metal, glass, etc. will be considered in the future.
Food contact material safety center was established within Japan Chemical Innovation and Inspection Institute in order for the positive list system to operate properly in cooperation with the government and the private sector.
In EU food contact materials are generally regulated under the EU Framework Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004 setting out general safety requirements for all food contact materials. In addition, specific measures have been introduced to plastics, recycled plastics, regenerated cellulose film, ceramics and active and intelligent materials at EU level.
For other types of food contact materials (i.e. coatings, adhesives, and paper) for which there is no specific EU measure, a majority of EU Member States have set their own national provisions on food contact materials and substances.