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Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) finalizes its notice (Notification No. 196 of 2020) of Positive Lists (PL) of substances to be incorporated in their new PL system, that is used to produce food-contact utensils, containers, and packaging.

The final version of the positive list adds approximately the following substances:

  • 300 Base Polymers (Plastics)
  • 180 Base Polymers (Coatings)
  • 50 trace monomers and
  • 750 Additives, Coating Agents

The notification also confirmed a migration limit of 0.01 mg / kg for polymer resins and additives that are not on this positive list. This will also allow manufacturers to utilize functional barriers as long as the unauthorized substances are below the 0.01 mg/kg limit.

Publication Date:
28 April 2020

Enforcement Date:
1 June 2020