On July 29, 2019, the National Agency of Drug and Food Control or Badan Pengawas Obat dan Makanan (BPOM) in Indonesia has made effective Regulation 20/2019 on Food Packaging.
The purpose of this new legal framework is to have more stringent supervision on food packaging. This regulation is compulsory for all types of food packaging and food packaging made from recycled materials. Food producers or manufacturers are given a 12-month time period to comply with the new regulation since the enforcement date on July 29, 2019.
The issuance of Regulation 20/2019 has also replaced the BPOM No. HK.03.1.23.07.11.6664 of 2011 and BPOM No. 16 of 2014.
Regulation 20/2019 basically covers the below provisions:
In accordance with this new regulation, packaged food producers, or producers who manufacture food that is packaged and sold, are required to use food packaging that must not cause harm to human health.
In addition, the food packaging is not allowed to have the following prohibited food-contact substances:
1. Plastic Food Packaging
2. Ink Printed Directly on Packaging
3. Rubber-based Food Packaging: mercaptoimidazoline, 2-mercaptoimidazoline
4. Metal-based Food Packaging: lead solders
5. Glass-based Food Packaging: tin-coated lead foil
Allowed materials and substances of food packaging under Regulation 20/2019 are specified as follows:
1. Allowed substances with migration thresholds
2. Allowed substances without migration thresholds (in rubber-based, plastic-based, and elastomer-based food packaging)
3. Allowed materials
All migration thresholds of allowed materials and substances must follow the migration thresholds for article forms.
For materials and substances that are not covered under the allowed substances and materials under Regulation 20/2019, they can still be used in food packaging in Indonesia as long as businesses have obtained Head of the BPOM’s approval. The approval can be applied with written application to the Head of the BPOM.
Recycled food packaging must also strictly comply with several other regulations specifying the production methods, particularly article 10 and article 11 of the same regulation.
Indonesia offers many opportunities for food producers, traders, and distributors looking to enter a large profitable market. However, the country’s food-related laws and processes can be difficult to maneuver for first-time foreign investors.
Cekindo can help you navigate the market that requires due diligence. By partnering with us, you can make all regulatory processes smoother and more effective. Seek advice from Cekindo now so that you can thrive in the food and beverage scene. Fill in the form below.