Health Canada Publishes Updated Industry Guide for Glazed Ceramics and Glassware

Health Canada has released an updated
version of its industry guide for food contact glazed ceramics and glassware
product manufacturers.

Published in February 2021, the guide
applies to products that are subject to:

  • Canada
    Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA)
  • Glazed
    Ceramics and Glassware Regulations (GCGR)

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It contains several important pieces of
information to help stakeholders meet these requirements, including:

  • Emphasizing
    that undecorated glass food ware products are not within the scope of the GCGR
  • Providing
    10 illustrative examples of products that fall within the scope of the GCGR
  • Summarizing
    the migration limits for lead and cadmium in different product types:
  • Migratable lead (mg/L):
    1. Flatware:
    2. Small
      hollowware, other than cups or mugs (less than 1.1L): 2.0
    3. Large
      hollowware, other than pitchers (1.1L or larger): 1.0
    4. Cups or
      mugs: 0.5
    5. Pitchers:
  • Cadmium (mg/L):
    1. Flatware:
    2. Small
      hollowware, other than cups or mugs (less than 1.1L): 0.50
    3. Large
      hollowware, other than pitchers (1.1L or larger): 0.25
    4. Cups or
      mugs: 0.50
    5. Pitchers:
  • Design
    features or permanent warnings (English and French) for glazed ceramic and
    glassware products that are intended for ornamental use only and are unsuitable
    for storing, preparing or serving food. NB. Not required to conform to migratable
    lead and cadmium limits in GCGR
  • Indicating
    the type of permanent warnings that may be used for ornamental glazed ceramic
    and glassware products – engraved, stamped or printed directly onto the product
  • Providing
    an illustrative example of a permanent warning for ornamental glazed ceramic
    and glassware products

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It should be noted ‘pitchers’ does not
include creamers, coffeepots and teapots.

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