Food Contact Laws in South & South East Asia (Part 2): Vietnam
Vietnam, a country with a deep and rich history, had evolved from being an agricultural-driven civilization to becoming one of the largest high-tech countries in the continent. Currently ranked at 57th globally, Vietnam’s economic growth rate has been among the highest in the world since 2000.
As the current president of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), they need to ensure the quality in order to remain their close ties in trading with United States, European Union, Japan and China.
Three Vietnam national technical regulations on safety and hygiene of implement, container and packaging in direct contact with foods are drafted by Board of Technical Regulations and Department of Food Safety and Hygiene, and published by the Minister of Health in 2011. The three national technical regulations supplement the national regulation 46/2007/QD-BYT of 2007 to lay down clearer requirements on certain materials.
The Vietnam regulations related to food contact items that are currently in effect are summarized in the table below:
|QCVN 12-1: 2011/BYT||Plastics|
|QCVN 12-2: 2011/BYT||Rubber|
|QCVN 12-3: 2011/BYT||Metals|
For plastic materials, depending on specific types, different tests will apply. These include:
- Lead and Cadmium content
- Consumption of potassium permanganate
- Dry residues
Experts at SGS can provide you with support on information and testing to fulfil all requirements of the food contact regulations in Vietnam.
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