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Argentina Implements Mercosur Standards for Food-Contact Cellulosic Materials and Containers

Argentina has incorporated into its domestic legal regime the Mercosur regulations for cellulosic materials, containers and equipment intended to be in contact with food during cooking or oven heating (GMC Resolution 42/15). Subject merchandise must comply with these requirements by 11 April 2018, except for the specific migration limit for anthraquinone which will apply from 31 December 2020. From 11 April 2018 through 31 December 2018, subject merchandise will be required to comply with a maximum limit of 10 milligrams of anthraquinone per kilogramme of paper, while a maximum limit of 0.1 milligrams of anthraquinone per kilogramme of food will apply from 1 January 2019 through 30 December 2020.

GMC Resolution 42/15 requires subject cellulosic materials, containers and equipment to be manufactured in accordance with good manufacturing practices and be suitable to be in direct contact with food. They must not transfer any hazardous substances to food under reasonably foreseeable conditions of use and, if such migration occurs, the substances must not cause an unacceptable modification of the composition or the sensory characteristics of the food. Part 3 of GMC Resolution 42/15 sets forth the substances that may be used in the production of subject merchandise as well as restrictions on additives for raw materials and other substances and agents.


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