SGS Helps Businesses Understand Malaysia’s Guidelines for its Food Contact Product Voluntary Certification Program

SGS, the world’s leading testing, inspection and certification company, is advising stakeholders that Malaysia has published a guidance to assist them with the nation’s voluntary certification of food contact products.

Released by the Ministry of Health of Malaysia (KKM) in June 2022, the guideline covers application procedures relating to voluntary Food Grade Certification for food contact materials and articles. It includes procedural and specification requirements for all food grade products used in the preparation, processing, packaging, storage, delivery or exposure to food.

Products found to conform to the standard can display the Food Grade Certification logo for a validity period of three years.

SGS has published a comprehensive overview of the guideline, including its primary provisions, as well as an example of the Food Grade Certification logo and details of the testing requirements for items such as:

  • Gloves made from any of seven materials (natural rubber latex, synthetic rubber (synthetic latex), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), neoprene and nitriles) – ISO 14285:2014(E) ‘Rubber and plastic gloves for food services – Limits for extractable substances’
  • Thermal bags – Regulation (EU) 10/2011 ‘Food Contact Plastics’ and Regulation (EU) 1907/2006 ‘Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)’. NB: inner layers must not be manufactured from vinyl, PVC or other materials that may harm the content
  • Food contact plastics – compliance with migration limits for seven metals and specified substances
  • Colorant and diluent permissions

To review this comprehensive overview, including greater detail on the requirements for gloves and food contact plastics, stakeholders are advised to see SGS’s original SafeGuardS 097.22.

SGS Food Contact Material Services

SGS’s technical experts have extensive experience of testing materials and articles in contact with food. They can ensure that your products meet the appropriate regulations for food contact materials and pave the way for compliance. SGS offers the full range of testing, including migration tests, along with expert advice on emerging regulations, compliance issues and documentation review. In the end, it’s only trusted because it’s tested. Learn more about SGS’s Food Contact Material Services.

SGS SafeGuardS keep you up to date with the latest news and developments in the consumer goods industry. Read the full Malaysia Issues Guidance for Voluntary Certification of Food Contact Materials and Articles SafeGuardS.

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For further information contact:

Dr. Hingwo Tsang

Global Information and Innovation Manager

Tel: (+852) 2774 7420

Ms. Siam Pine Tay

Technical Manager

Tel: +603 7627 0080 ext. 8077



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