According to the Beijing Youth Daily, "Urea-formaldehyde resin" is the raw material of qualified imitation porcelain tableware? The Health Standards for the Use of Additives in Food Containers and Packaging Materials, issued by the Ministry of Health and the National Standardization Management Committee on June 1, gives an answer. The fact that "urea-formaldehyde resin" has not been included in the allowable range of use means that it is not a legitimate raw material.
The media have reported many times that the inferior porcelain-like tableware made of urea-formaldehyde resin will release toxic and harmful substances under high temperature and other conditions, but it has been in the market for lack of national standards. In the future, such low-end products with potential safety risks will face the situation of being unable to enter the market.
According to the relevant person in charge of the International Food Packaging Association, urea-formaldehyde resin was not mentioned in the Hygienic Standards for the Use of Additives in Food Containers and Packaging Materials, which was formally promulgated and implemented on June 1, 2009. Therefore, urea-formaldehyde resin can not be used to make tableware.