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September 20, 2016
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On September 19, South Africa’s Department of Health notified the WTO of draft regulations relating to maximum levels of metals in foodstuffs.  

The final date for comments is December 13, 2016.

February 4, 2016
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On February 4, Taiwan's Ministry of Health and Welfare notified the WTO of the establishment of its Standard for the Tolerance of Heavy Metals in Plant Origin. The standard amends maximum tolerances for heavy metals lead and cadmium. 

January 29, 2016
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On January 29, Korea's Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) notified the WTO of proposed amendments seeking to establish MRLs of heavy metals in edible insects.

The final date for comments is February 16, 2016.

January 29, 2016
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On January 29, Health Canada published its Summary of Comments and Responses to Health Canada's Proposed Amendments to the Regulatory Tolerances for Arsenic and Lead in a Variety of Beverages. Detailed rationale for the proposed changes is outlined in the proposal published on June 19, 2014.

January 14, 2016
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On January 14, Chile's Ministry of Health notified the WTO of its draft amendment regarding maximum limits for arsenic and mercury in food. The proposed list is much shorter, removing limits applicable to previously regulated foods that have been removed.

The final date for comments is March 14, 2016.

September 8, 2015
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On September 8, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) notified the WTO of its draft Food Safety and Standards (Contaminants, Toxins, and Residues) Amendment Regulation, 2015, prescribing the limits of heavy metals in food and food products.

The final date for comments on this WTO Notification is November 7, 2015. FSSAI initially published this draft amendment in June.

September 4, 2015
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On September 4, Taiwan's Ministry of Health and Welfare notified the WTO of its draft Standard for the Tolerance of Heavy Metals in Plant Origin. The draft amends maximum tolerances for heavy metals lead and cadmium.

The final date for comments is November 3, 2015.

April 25, 2014
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Taiwan's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently notified the WTO of Draft Standards for Sanitation and Pesticide Residue Limits in Infant Foods. The document includes proposed limits for microorganisms, mycotoxins, and certain heavy metals. It also states that pesticide residues in infant foods should not exceed 0.01 ppm, the minimum detectable level.

The current Sanitation Standards for Infant Foods are available on the FDA website. Taiwan's MRLs for infant foods are regulated separately from their Standards for Pesticide Residue Limits in Foods.

October 3, 2013
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The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) recently published draft legislation, General Standard for Contaminants & Toxins in Food.  This proposal would establish maximum levels for contaminants and toxins for the countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Included are guidelines for mycotoxins, heavy metals, and radionuclides.

October 3, 2013
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Chile's Ministry of Agriculture (SAG) recently published draft document, Establece límites máximos de contaminantes en insumos destinados a la alimentación animal (in Spanish only). This proposal contains MRLs for heavy metals and mycotoxins in animal feeds. Comments are due to SAG by November 4.

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