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PVC Food Packaging Testing Methods Revised

November 20, 2013

The Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) has revised methods for measuring the level of hazardous chemicals in PVC food utensils and packaging, which will come into force in the near future.

The revision was made under the Article 38 of the Food and Sanitation Regulatory Act and the approval process will be overseen by the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration. The revised method includes the following changes:

  • lead and cadmium testing
  • bis(2-ethylhexyl) adipate (DEHA), cresyl phosphate and vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) testing;
  • potassium permanganate consumption testing;
  • heavy metals testing
  • evaporation testing

A public consultation has been opened before the final rule will come into effect.