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08 October, 2020 Legal Update

Food Safety Update: October

Food Safety Update: October

Discover this month's food safety updates from around the world, featuring news from the EU, India, and the US

EU: Plastic Materials

The European Commission published the Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/1245 of 2 September 2020 amending and correcting Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food.
This Regulation amends Annexes I, II, IV and V. Plastic materials and articles complying with Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 as applicable before the entry into force of this Regulation, and which were first placed on the market before March 23, 2021, may continue to be placed on the market until September 23, 2022 and remain on the market until the exhaustion of stocks.
Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/1245 of 2 September 2020

India: Food Safety and Standards

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India notified the World Trade Organization of the Draft Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Amendment Regulations, 2011.
Among other products, this draft modifies the walnut kernel standard by inserting a new definition of walnut kernel and the requirements of several parameters together with their definition.
The final date for comments is November 22, 2020.
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USA: Food Traceability

On September 21, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced the proposed rule ““Requirements for Additional Traceability Records for Certain Foods” (Food Traceability Proposed Rule) to establish additional traceability recordkeeping requirements for persons who manufacture, process, pack, or hold foods included on the Food Traceability List.
The Food Traceability Proposed Rule is a key component of the FDA’s New Era of Smarter Food Safety Blueprint and pursues to identify recipients of foods to prevent or mitigate foodborne illness outbreaks in a quick and efficient manner.
The foods identified in the Food Traceability List will require additional traceability records. Nut butter (includes all types of tree nut and peanut butters; does not include soy or seed butters) is listed.
The proposed rule was published on September 23 in the Federal Register. The deadline for submitting comments is January 21, 2021. The final date for submitting comments (including recommendations) on the collection of information under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 is November 23, 2020.
Federal Register Vol. 85, No. 185. Friday, September 23, 2020. Pages 59984-60038
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