Uruguay Proposes Amendments to Food Contact Metals and Alloys Regulation

SGS, the world’s leading testing, inspection and certification company, is advising stakeholders that Uruguay has signalled its intention to amend GMC Resolution No. 46/06 ‘Mercosur Technical Regulation on provisions for metallic, linings, utensils, lids and equipment that come into contact with food’.

Draft Resolution No. 02/22 includes provisions to amend section 3.1.1 ‘Stainless steels – positive list’:

  • Adding 13 types of American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI)/American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) designated stainless steels for the manufacture of metal containers and equipment
  • Restricting the use of four types of AISI/ASTM designated stainless steels
  • Revising the lists of stainless steels falling under the US Unified Numbering System (UNS) and European Norm (EN) standards

There are also provisions relating to:

  • 3.1.3 ‘Technically pure aluminum and its alloys’ – provides specifications and restrictions for anodized and non-anodized
  • 3.1.12 ‘Impurities in metallic materials’ – deletes copper as one of the heavy metals in impurities: no more than 1.0% for the sum of antimony, arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury, subject to no more than 0.01% for each of arsenic, lead and mercury

Uruguay’s Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining made the announcement in June 2022 and accepted comments until August 8, 2022.

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.

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