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Centre for Food Safety: Proposed Amendments to the Harmful Substances in Food Regulations (Cap. 132AF)

China

Dec 31, 2020

Proposed amendments to the Regulations mainly include:

  • Update and strengthen the regulation over three types of mycotoxins i.e. aflatoxin, deoxynivalenol and patulin in food;

  • Set maximum levels for five types of other harmful substances (including benzo(a)pyrene, glycidyl fatty acid esters, melamine, 3-monochloropropane-1,2-diol and erucic acid) in edible fats and oils, condiments or formula products intended for infants; and

  • Regard partially hydrogenated oils (the main source of industrially-produced trans fatty acids) as a prohibited substance in food under the Regulations, and stipulate the labelling requirement for hydrogenated oils. 

To provide sufficient time for the food trade to get prepared for the updated food safety standard, it also proposes to have an 18-month grace period after the Amendment Regulations publish in the Gazette.

The deadline for submission of comments is 15 March 2021.

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