Vietnam Approves Technical Regulation on Glass, Ceramic and Enameled Food Contact Articles and Packaging

Vol. 878 | December 18, 2015

The Ministry of Health of Vietnam has published Circular No. 35/2015/TT-BYT mandating Technical Regulation QCVN 12-4:2015/BYT for domestic and imported food contact articles and packaging made of glass, ceramic (including porcelain), glass-ceramic and enamel. The circular will be effective from 1 May 2016. On the same day, the provisions for heavy metals limits in ceramic ware and glassware in Decision No. 46/2007/QD-BYT shall be repealed. Below are the highlights of the technical regulation:

  1. Leachable cadmium (Cd) and lead (Pb) requirements:
    1. Glassware

      Product type

      Function

      Capacity

      Test item

      Limit

      Flatware

      Heating and cooking

      -

      Cd

      ≤ 0.07 mg/dm2

      Pb

      ≤ 0.8 mg/dm2

      Hollowware

      Food container

      < 600 mL

      Cd

      ≤ 0.5 mg/L

      Pb

      ≤ 1.5 mg/L

      600 mL ≤ Capacity < 3000 mL

      Cd

      ≤ 0.25 mg/L

      Pb

      ≤ 0.75 mg/L

      ≥ 3000 mL

      Cd

      ≤ 0.25 mg/L

      Pb

      ≤ 0.5 mg/L

      Heating and cooking

      -

      Cd

      ≤ 0.05 mg/L

      Pb

      ≤ 0.5 mg/L

      Cup

      -

      -

      Cd

      ≤ 0.25 mg/L

      Pb

      ≤ 0.5 mg/L

    2. Ceramic (including porcelain) and glass-ceramic ware

      Product type

      Function

      Capacity

      Test item

      Limit

      Flatware

      Heating and cooking

      -

      Cd

      ≤ 0.07 mg/dm2

      Pb

      ≤ 0.8 mg/dm2

      Hollowware

      Food container

      < 1100 mL

      Cd

      ≤ 0.5 mg/L

      Pb

      ≤ 2.0 mg/L

      1100 mL ≤ Capacity < 3000 mL

      Cd

      ≤ 0.25 mg/L

      Pb

      ≤ 1.0 mg/L

      ≥ 3000 mL

      Cd

      ≤ 0.25 mg/L

      Pb

      ≤ 0.5 mg/L

      Heating and cooking

      -

      Cd

      ≤ 0.05 mg/L

      Pb

      ≤ 0.5 mg/L

      Cup

      -

      -

      Cd

      ≤ 0.25 mg/L

      Pb

      ≤ 0.5 mg/L

    3. Enamelware (including cups)

      Product type

      Function

      Capacity

      Test item

      Limit

      Flatware

      Food container

      -

      Cd

      ≤ 0.07 mg/dm2

      Pb

      ≤ 0.8 mg/dm2

      Heating and cooking

      -

      Cd

      ≤ 0.05 mg/dm2

      Pb

      ≤ 0.1 mg/dm2

      Hollowware

      Food container

      < 3000 mL

      Cd

      ≤ 0.07 mg/L

      Pb

      ≤ 0.8 mg/L

      ≥ 3000 mL

      Cd

      ≤ 0.05 mg/L

      Pb

      ≤ 0.1 mg/L

      Heating and cooking

      < 3000 mL

      Cd

      ≤ 0.07 mg/L

      Pb

      ≤ 0.4 mg/L

      ≥ 3000 mL

      Cd

      ≤ 0.05 mg/L

      Pb

      ≤ 0.1 mg/L

    4. Rims of beverage packaging and enamelware
      The leachable cadmium and lead shall be less than 0.2 mg / rim and 2.0 mg / rim respectively.
  2. Labelling requirements
    Glass, ceramic, glass-ceramic and enameled food contact articles shall be labelled in accordance with Decree No. 89/2006/ND-CP on labelling of goods and other provisions of relevant laws.

For more information, please contact:

John Wong
Email: john.wong@intertek.com

 

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