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On 3 April 2017, the Ministry of Health (MOH) Malaysia approved to amend Food Regulations 1985 requirements for ceramic ware intended to be used in preparation, packaging, storage, delivery or exposure of food for human consumption. The new requirements shall be effective from 15 April 2017.
The cadmium release limits for ceramic hollowware in the Thirteenth Schedule of the Food Regulations 1985 is amended:
Type of ceramic ware
Release limit of cadmium (mg/l)
(Internal depth > 25 mm and capacity < 1.1 l)
(Internal depth > 25 mm and capacity ≥ 1.1 l)
Moreover, the test method of the requirements for ceramic ware is changed from MS 1817 to MS ISO 6486-1
(Note: MS 1817 Ceramic Tableware – Specification MS ISO 6486 Ceramic ware, glass ceramic ware and glass dinnerware in contact with food – Release of lead and cadmium – Part 1: Test method)