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SGS, the world’s leading testing inspection and certification company, is reminding stakeholders that Uganda intends to publish a new standard for food contact materials and articles.


The World Trade Organization (WTO) circulated a draft standard on June 22, 2022. It contains several important requirements:

  • Food contact surfaces and materials, including active and intelligent materials, used for manufacturing must meet good manufacturing practices (GMP) and general safety requirements
  • Food grade raw materials and colorants must be used for manufacturing
  • Printing inks applied to the non-food contact side of materials and articles must not transfer substances from the printed surface
  • Food contact materials and articles must not transfer their constituents to food in quantities exceeding overall migration and/or specific migration limits
  • Food contact packaging materials must be manufactured and handled in a hygienic manner – in accordance with US ISO/TS 22002-4 ‘Pre-requisite programs on food safety – Part 4: Food packaging manufacturing’
  • Labeling requirements on each consignment and or packing slips are specified, and must include the words ‘for food contact use’ or the glass and fork symbol (Section 8)
  • Products conforming to the standard may be marked with the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) Certification Mark


For greater detail on the requirements in the draft regulation, including highlights of the section 4.7 ‘Migration’ with specified migration limits, stakeholders are advised to review SGS’s original SafeGuardS 086.22.


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.


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For further information contact:


Dr. HingWo Tsang

Global Information and Innovation Manager

Tel: (+852) 2774 7420

Email: crs.media@sgs.com

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