Interpretation | Administrative measures on Product Formulation Registration of Infant Formula Milk Powder (Draft for comment 2019) by Nikolaas Tilkin-Franssens

On June 26, 2019, the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) solicited public opinions on Administrative measures on Product Formulation Registration of Infant Formula Milk Powder (Draft). The deadline for solicitation is July 25, 2019.

The current measures was enforced on October 1, 2016, so, what are the differences between the draft version and the current version? Global Foodmate summarised few key points, for your reference.

The production, sales and import of infant formula are subjected to the measures, as always.

More Stringent Registration

1.  The applicant is required to have acomplete production process, otherwise, it is a sub-packaging behavior, which does notmeet the requirements of applicants for infant formula registration.

2.  7 Situations of registration rejection: 

a. The applicant does not have the R&D capability, production capacity or inspection capability that is corresponding to the applied infant formula;

b. The application materials for registration do not support the scientific, safety of the product or with insufficient basis; the content of the application materials is contradictory, untrue, doesnot comply with the laws and regulations and the national food safety standards; the supplementary materials are not submitted within the deadline orthe supplementary material submitted does not meet the requirements;

c. The applicant cannot confirm the on-site inspection within the deadline, refuses or does not cooperate with the on-site verification; the on-site verification indicates that the application materials are incorrect, inconsistent, cannot be traced back or with major defects; the rectification is not completed on time;

d. The applicant refuses or does not cooperate with the sampling test; the product inspection is unqualified; the test result demonstrates that the measurement method is unscientific and cannotbe reproduced;

e. There is no significant difference in product formulation between the formula applied for registration and the formula of the same stage of the same enterprise;

f. The applicant that is listed in the List of Enterprises with Serious Illegal and Dishonest Acts;

g. Other situations

3. Refine the prohibition requirements on labels and instructions and clarify the source of raw milk. Using of the image of infants and women,the term of ‘human breast milk’ or similar terms are prohibited.

4. Clarify the requirement of materials for formulation alteration, including the demonstration report of formulation alteration (which is not mentioned in current version).

More Strict Punishment

1. Applicants listed in the List of Enterprises with Serious Illegal and Dishonest Acts shall be rejected for registration; 

2. Further regulate the action of copying, reselling, leasing, lending, and transferring infant formula registration certificates and increase the penalty to 10,000 RMB-30,000 RMB

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China Ban All Exports of Canadian Meat to China by Nikolaas Tilkin-Franssens

Chinese Embassy Spokesperson's Remarks

 

Q: Some Canadian media reported that China will temporarily ban all exports of Canadian meat to China starting today, is it true and accurate?

 

A: Recently, the Chinese Customs authorities have inspected ractopamine residues in a batch of pork products exported from Canada to China. Therefore, the Chinese side has immediately suspended the import of pork products from the relevant enterprises and required the Canadian side to carry out investigation. The subsequent investigation revealed that the official veterinary health certificates attached to the batch of pork exported to China were counterfeit and the number of those forgery certificates was up to 188. The Canadian side believes that this incident is criminal offence.

 

These forged certificates were sent to the Chinese regulatory authorities through Canadian official certificate notification channel, which reflects that the Canadian meat export supervision system exists obvious safety loopholes. In order to protect the safety of Chinese consumers, China has taken urgent preventive measures and requested the Canadian government to suspend the issuance of certificates for meat exported to China since June 25.

 

We hope the Canadian side would attach great importance to this incident, complete the investigation as soon as possible and take effective measures to ensure the safety of food exported to China in a more responsible manner.

 

Source: Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Canada

 

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2019 Special Action Plan on Supervision of Online Market by Nikolaas Tilkin-Franssens

On June 20, 2019, in order to implement the arrangements of the Party Central Committee, to further fulfill the E-commerce Law and to supervise the networking business practices, a notice on '2019 Special Action Plan on Supervision of online Market’ was jointly issued by 8 ministries, including State Administration for Market Regulation, National Development and Reform Commission, General Administration of Customs, etc.

The special action will be carried out by several departments from June to November this year.

Key tasks are as follows:

►Standardise the qualifications of E-commerce entities to create a good market access environment.

►Strictly crack down on online selling of counterfeit products, unsafe foods and counterfeit drugs to create a safe environment for consumption. Strengthen the inspection of foods and beverages and the supervision of online catering services.

►Strictly crack down on unfair competition to create a fair competitive environment. Investigate and impose severe penalties on the violations of the promotion of infant formula.

►Regulate the internet advertising to create a good advertising environment. Seriously crack down on false propaganda of food and health food.

►Strictly regulate the Haitao and cross-border e-commerce trading.

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The Action Plan for Promoting Domestic Infant Formula Milk Powder by Nikolaas Tilkin-Franssens

Recently, in order to implement the arrangements of the Party Central Committee and the State Council, to further improve the quality, competitiveness and reputation of domestically produced infant formula milk powder, a notice on The Action Plan for Promoting Domestic Infant Formula Milk Powder (hereinafter referred to as the PLAN) was jointly issued by 7 ministries, including National Development and Reform Commission, National Health Commission and Ministry of Commerce.

Among which, clauses about imported infant formula and cross-border e-commerce channel are as follows:

Ø  Strengthen the registration management of overseas infant formula milk powder manufacturers;

Ø  Strictly implement the filing system and sales record system for import agents;

Ø  Strictly prohibit the action of importing bulk infant formula and conducting the domestic packaging, strictly prohibit the import of infant formula milk powder without approval of formulation registration;

Ø  For infant formula milk powder imported via cross-border e-commerce channel, cross-border e-commerce enterprises shall take the main responsibility of product quality and safety. Cross-border e-commerce enterprises shall establish a product quality and safety risk prevention and control system and establish a complete logistics and trace system.

Global Foodmate also has summarised few other key points about the PLAN: 

l  Implement the “Quality improvement, Industrial upgrading, brand cultivation" action plan for domestic infant formula, steadily increase the production of domestic infant formula, to better meet the growing domestic demand and to achieve the self-sufficiency rate of infant formula at more than 60%;

l  Improve the sampling system, strictly crack down on illegal addition of non-edible substances, excessive use of food additives, label falsification and the false and exaggerated content in labels;

l  Strictly crack down on all kinds of false propaganda, prohibit advertising dairy products for infants that claim to replace breast milk in whole or in part in public media or public places, prohibit advertising infant formulas that are for 0-12 months old infants;

l  Strictly implement the Rules for the Examination of Production Approval of Infant Formula Milk Powder, strictly exam the production approval for infant formula milk powder;

l  Promote mergers and acquisitions, encourage fair competition between domestic and foreign enterprises, support domestic enterprises to acquire and build raw milk bases abroad to reduce the costs of raw material.

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GAC | Unqualified Imported Foods & Cosmetics in May, 2019 by Nikolaas Tilkin-Franssens

According to the monthly notice of unqualified foods and cosmetics by GAC, 82 batches of imported foods and 2 batches of imported cosmetics were found unqualified and refused for entry in May, 2019.

Unqualified foods came from 19 countries or regions (Taiwan, Czech Republic and France were Top 3), involving 14 categories. Grans & cereals and their products, beverages, pastries and biscuits were the major unqualified food categories.

The foods refused for entry did not comply with China’s laws and regulations. The main reasons of rejection were: unqualified quality, microbial contamination and lack of inspection and quarantine approval.

Unqualified cosmetics came from Italy, which were skin care cosmetics. The rejection reason was inconsistent goods and documents.

The above mentioned unqualified foods and cosmetics had been returned or destroyed at ports, according to GAC.

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What Risk Will Have with "No Sucrose" or "No Added Sucrose" in China? by Nikolaas Tilkin-Franssens

There are many products on the market that want to promote "no sucrose" or "no added sucrose." It is considered that such claims are more likely to be favored by consumers. Are there any regulations for “no sucrose” or “no added sucrose” in Chinese food labels? What are the risks?

Many products that want to make this claim are generally the following: If the product does not contain sucrose, can it be declared "no sucrose" or "no added sucrose"? If there is no sucrose in the product ingredients, and the other ingredients added have natural sweetness/sugar, the sucrose in the product can be detected (the amount detected is very low), which can claim “no sucrose” or “no added sucrose” ?

(1) What are the relevant standards?

Q&A (General Regulations for Nutrition Labelling of Prepackaged Foods) (GB 28050-2011) Article 58: Content Claims: The content claims of this standard refer to claims that describe the level of energy or nutrients in foods, such as “ Contains terms such as "," "high," "low," or "none." The nutrients listed in Table C.1 of Appendix C can be claimed and should meet the requirements. “Sucrose” is not included in the nutrient range listed in Table C.1 of Appendix C, so it is not recommended to claim “no sucrose”. In addition, according to some popular science articles by domestic experts, it is claimed that no sugar is a concept of sugar-free, and it is not good for the brand image.

(2) Trends in national regulation: The new GB7718 consultation draft clearly stipulates that the pre-packaged food label must not use wordings such as “do not add” or “do not use” for all ingredients. If it is specified in other laws, regulations or national food safety standards, it shall be prescribed. Therefore it is not recommended to claim “no added sucrose”.

(3) Relevant litigation cases: There are many cases of counterfeiting in China that claim “no sugar” and “no added sugar”. The claim is a key concern of the counterfeiters. If it claims that there is a big risk, it will bring great Economic loss.

Regardless of whether the product contains no sucrose or the sucrose is 0, it is not recommended to declare “no sucrose” or “no sucrose added”. If you want to make some positive related claims, the proposal can claim "low sugar", provided that it meets the requirements of "low sugar" in GB 28050.

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Notice on the Public Consultation on the Proof of the Setting of Some Departmental Regulations and Normative documents by Nikolaas Tilkin-Franssens

In order to implement the work arrangements of the Party Central Committee and the State Council on the reduction of certificates and convenience, and the optimization of services, according to the "Notice of the General Office of the State Council on the Cleanup of Proofs" (Guo Ban Fa [2018] No. 47) and the unified deployment of the Ministry of Justice On May 30, 2019, the General Administration of Market Supervision organized a comprehensive clean-up of the certification matters in the field of market supervision. It is proposed to cancel 32 items of certifications set by departmental regulations, and 72 items of certifications set by departmental normative documents. The society publicly solicits opinions. The deadline for comments is June 29, 2019.

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Announcement on Adjusting the Generic Name of Formula Food Products for Special Medical Uses (No. 26 of 2019) by Nikolaas Tilkin-Franssens

Announcement of the State Administration of Market Regualtion on Adjusting the Generic Name of Formula Food Products for Special Medical Uses (No. 26 of 2019)

In order to further standardize the generic name of products for special medical use formulas, it is convenient for consumers to memorize and avoid misleading. On May 30, 2019, the State Administration of Market Regualtion issued an announcement on adjusting the generic name of formula food products for special medical uses. From the date of publication of the announcement, the applicant applies for the registration of special medical use formula food products according to the adjusted generic name, and the certificate and label redemption of the registered production enterprise and the application for registration (including the change application) Use the situation to explain.

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Notice of the State Administration of Market Regulation on "Measures for the Administration of Food Production Licenses (Draft)" by Nikolaas Tilkin-Franssens

In order to implement the State Council’s work on the deployment of “distribution suits” and the “Notice of the State Council on the reform of “separation of licenses” in the country” (Guo Fa [2018] No. 35), in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Food Safety Law of the People’s Republic of China On May 28, 2019, the State Administration of Market Regulation revised and reviewed the "Food Production License Management Measures (Draft for Comment)", and is now open to the public for comments. The end date for comments is June 27, 2019.

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Letter of the Ministry of Agriculture on the Maximum Residue Limits of Pesticide (Draft) (Agriculture and Peasants (Pesticide) [2019] No. 66) by Nikolaas Tilkin-Franssens

According to the "Food Safety Law of the People's Republic of China" and the "PRC Agricultural Products Quality and Safety Law" and other relevant provisions. On May 27, 2019, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Crops Management issued a letter on the opinion of the public to solicit the maximum residue limit of pesticides (draft for comments), and the maximum residue limit of 12 pesticides such as propiconazole in food (draft for comments) The maximum residue limit of 66 pesticides such as avermectin in food (draft for comments) is open for comments. The end date of the consultation is June 25, 2019.

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Announcement of the National Health Commission on 24 kinds of "three new foods" such as Lactobacillus curcas (No. 2 of 2019) by Nikolaas Tilkin-Franssens

According to the provisions of the Food Safety Law, on May 30, 2019, the National Health Commission issued a notice on 24 kinds of “three new foods” such as Lactobacillus curcas, and the review organization organized experts to treat three new food materials such as Lactobacillus curcas. And 15 new food-related product varieties such as magnesium sulfate, and L-γ-glutamyl-L-prolyl-glycine, etc., were reviewed and approved for the safety evaluation materials of new food additives. The evaluation materials mainly include new varieties. Information on the scope of use, maximum usage, specific migration limits, maximum residue, etc.

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GAC|Cancel Label Filing for Imported Pre-packaged Food by Nikolaas Tilkin-Franssens

On April 22, 2019, General Administration of Customs (GAC) issued an announcement on the Management of Supervision on Labelling of imported and Exported Pre-packaged foods, declaring that the requirement of label filing for first imported pre-packaged food is cancelled from October 1, 2019.

The announcement is as follows:

1. Cancelling the requirement of label filing for pre-packaged food that is imported into China for the first time, the act comes into force on October 1, 2019. As one of the compulsory inspection items, the label of imported pre-packaged food is inspected by the customs, in accordance with the laws and regulations on food safety and inspection of import & export commodities.

2. import agency shall take the responsibility of reviewing the compliance of the Chinese label of imported pre-packaged food. The label which is not comply with the relevant laws, regulations and national food safety standards in China may not be imported to China.

3. If the imported pre-packaged food is sampled for inspection on site or in laboratory, the import agency shall submit the qualified certification, the original and translated labels of the imported pre-packaged food, the Chinese label sample and other supporting dossiers to the customs.

4. If the customs receives notifications from other administrative departments or/and complaints from consumers about the non-compliant label of pre-packaged imported food, the customs shall verify the situation, once ////confirm/i/i/i/ied, shall impose punishment according to laws.

5. imported pre-packaged food for display, samples, tax-free goods (except for tax exemption from island), self-use by the embassy and consulate, pre-packaged food through passenger carrying, post parcel, express package or cross-border e-commerce should comply with other relevant regulations.

6. Manufacturers who export pre-packaged food should guarantee the label comply with the standards or contractual requirements of the importing country (or region).

7. The following announcements shall be abolished from October 1, 2019: a) announcement No. 44 in 2006 by former AQSIQ, b) announcement No. 59 in 2011 by former AQSIQ, c) announcement No. 27 in 2012 by former AQSIQ. The label information of imported pre-packaged food that has been filed shall become invalid from October 1, 2019.

Can the Wine Bought Back Abroad be Sold to the Market? by Nikolaas Tilkin-Franssens

Can you sale wine brought back abroad directly to the market without the Chinese label? China's "Food Safety Law" clearly stipulates that pre-packaged foods may not be imported if they do not have Chinese labels, Chinese instructions or labels, and the instructions do not comply with the provisions of this article. Recently, Wenchang Hengxing Trading Co., Ltd. Hengxing Commercial City was fined 5,100 yuan for imported wines whose business labels did not meet food safety standards.

According to reports, on the morning of March 7, Hainan Provincial Market Supervision Administration Inspection Team and Wenchang City Food and Drug Administration law enforcement personnel inspected the liquors operated by Hengxing Commercial City Supermarket. Law enforcement officers found that two bottles of “Hennessy V·S·O·P” and “Hennessy X·O” were placed on the shelves of the “Famous Wine Customer Service Center”. The labels on the bottles were only marked in English, and there was no Simplified Chinese and domestic agents. Business information.

According to the relevant parties' confession, the above two bottles of wine were purchased by the store owner when they visited Australia last year. They were unable to provide the purchase of two bottles of wine, the supplier's relevant qualification certificate and the product quality inspection report.

Due to the business label that does not meet the food safety standards, the Wenchang Food and Drug Administration recently imposed an administrative penalty on Wenchang Hengxing Trading Co., Ltd. Hengxing Commercial City, a fine of 5,100 yuan, and confiscated two bottles of illegally marketed wine.

Food Sampling Analysis in the First Quarter of 2019 by Nikolaas Tilkin-Franssens

Global Foodmate summarized the information on the sampling inspection of food and food-related products issued by the State Administration of Markets Regulations and the local (provincial, autonomous region, municipality) market supervision departments from January to March 2019. Through summary analysis, the following conclusions were drawn.

1. The overall situation

In the first quarter of 2019, the national and local (provincial, autonomous region, municipality directly under the central government) market supervision and management departments inspected 124,294 batches of food and food-related products nationwide, including 121,742 batches of qualified samples and 2,552 batches of unqualified samples. The rate was 97.9%, which was the same as the same period in 2018.

2. Analysis of various types of food sampling

The product types with large sampling volume are meat and meat products, vegetables and their products, aquatic products and their products, and the sampling amount is more than 10,000 batches. From the results of the sampling test:

a. Unqualified samples were not detected: milk and dairy products, cocoa and roasted coffee products.

b. The pass rate of sampling is higher, above 99%:frozen food, canned food, beans and soy products, grain and its products, tea and related products, health food, candy and chocolate products, food additives, special dietary food, edible oil And its products, fruits and their products, sugar.

c. The failure rate is low, less than 97%: vegetables and their products, convenience foods, food and beverage products, food-related products.

3. Analysis of the reasons for unqualification

The main problems found in the first quarter of the unqualified products were microbial exceeding the standard, over-range use of food additives, residues of agricultural and veterinary drugs, and quality indicators did not meet the standards.

a. The microbial exceeding the standard accounted for 22.1% of the total unqualified items. The outstanding problem items are coliform bacteria, total number of colonies, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and mold. Foods with excessive microbial counts mainly involved food and beverage products, beverages, meat products, convenient food, etc.

b. Over-range and over use of food additives accounted for 21.5% of the total unqualified, mainly for the illegal use of raising agents, bleaching agents, preservatives, sweeteners, involving food and beverage products, vegetable products, convenience foods and other categories.

c. Pesticide residues exceeded 16.2% of the total unqualified, and the food categories involved were mainly vegetables and fruits.

d. The veterinary drug residue exceeded 15.0% of the total unqualified, and the unqualified food categories mainly included aquatic products, livestock and poultry meat, and fresh eggs.

e. The quality index does not meet the standard account for 13.3% of the total unqualified, mainly related to indicators such as peroxide value, alcohol content and acid price.

What are the Special Regulations for the Label of Infant Formula in China? by Nikolaas Tilkin-Franssens

1. If there is an animal source in the product name, the animal source of raw materials such as raw milk, milk powder, whey (protein) powder, etc. used in the ingredient list should be clearly indicated according to the product formula. When there are more than two animal sources of dairy raw materials used, the proportion of raw materials of various animal origins should be indicated.

2. The ingredient list shall be marked with the specific variety name of the edible vegetable oil in descending order of the added amount.

3. The nutrient fact table should be listed in the order of nutrients specified in the National Standard for Food Safety of Infant Formula Milk Powder, and classified according to categories such as energy, protein, fat, carbohydrate, vitamins, minerals, and selectable ingredients.

4. If the origin of raw materials such as raw milk and raw milk powder is claimed, the specific origin or origin country shall be clearly marked, and the vague information such as “imported milk source”, “from foreign pasture”, “ecological ranch” and “imported raw materials” shall not be used.

5. It is stated that it should be indicated that infant formula milk powder is applicable to the age of the month and can be marked with “Stage 1, 2, and 3” at the same time.

6. Labels and instructions must not contain the following contents: related to disease prevention and treatment functions; expressive or suggestive of health effects; expressive or suggestive of functional expressions such as puzzles, increased resistance or immunity, protection of the intestines; Standards should not contain or use substances in the product formula, with the words "not added", "not included" and "zero added" to emphasize not use or not include certian substances; false, exaggerated, scientific or absolute content; The claim of the recipe registration is inconsistent with the products. 

GLOBAL REGULATIONS ON TRANS FATS by Nikolaas Tilkin-Franssens

Provisions for the Content Claim of Trans Fatty Acids (By Country/Region)
Trans fatty acids are unsaturated fatty acids that have negative effects on human health. Some countries or regions have listed trans fatty acids as core nutrients and requested mandatory labelling. Food companies often indicate there is no trans fatty acids in their products as a selling point.

Therefore, Global Foodmate summarised the provisions for the content claim of trans fatty acids in Mainland China, Hong Kong SAR, Taiwan, USA and Australia/New Zealand for your reference

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What Are the Principles for Implementation of Food Additive Product Standards in China? by Nikolaas Tilkin-Franssens

Definition of food additives in China: Synthetic or natural substances added to foods to improve food quality and color, aroma, taste, and preservation and processing needs.

In addition to the National Food Safety Standard - Standards for Uses of Food Additives (GB2760), China's food additive standard system also includes food additive product standards, labeling standards and production specifications. The Global Foodmate has outlined the implementation principles for food additive product standards and provides a brief introduction.

1. Single variety food additive

For a single variety of food additive, products should comply with the corresponding quality standards, including national standards, industry standards. In the case of food additives without national standards or industry standards, additives manufacturers shall refer to the food additive quality specifications in the National HealthCommission announcement in the production.

2. Compound food additive

National Food Safety Standards for Food Additives-Compound Food Additives (GB 26687-2011) applies to compound food additives other than food flavors and gum base additives. It mainly defines the definition, naming principles, labeling requirement and other content.

However, the food additive compound raising agent should meet the requirements of GB 1886.245-2016 National Food Safety Standard Food Additive Compound Raising Agent.

3. Food spice and food flavors

GB 29938-2013 National Food Safety Standards General Rules for Food Spice is a general standard for product quality specifications for food spice permitted in GB 2760. It mainly stipulate the definition and requirements of food spice. For food spice that do not yet have national food safety standards or related standards, GB 29938 is implemented and food spice shall produce according to its requirements.

GB 30616-2014 National Food Safety Standards Food Flavors are product quality standards for food flavors. The standard stipulates the definitions, technical requirements, labels, etc. of food flavors and food flavors ingredients.

4. Processing aids for the food industry (food industry enzyme, food industry processing aids)

GB 1886.174-2016 National Food Safety Standard Food Additives for Food Industry Enzyme is a general standard for product quality specifications for food industry enzyme permitted in GB 2760. It mainly stipulates the definition and technical requirements of enzyme for food industry.

 

The Reply of the General Office of the Ministry of Health on the Applicable Standards for Enzyme for the Food Industry stipulates that the production and operation of the enzyme for food industry that have been listed in GB2760 and announced by the Ministry shall be carried out in accordance with the quality requirements and inspection methods stipulated in GB 25594. If the quality requirements for food enzyme previously published are inconsistent with GB 25594, they shall be implemented in accordance with GB 25594 (already replaced by GB 1886.174-2016 National Food Safety Standard Food Additives for Food Industry Enzyme).

There are no general product quality specifications for processing aids for the food industry, and each species implements corresponding national standards or related standards.

5. Nutritional forification substances

For the product quality specifications of nutritional fortification substances, if there are national standards or related standards, the corresponding standards shall be implemented.

In addition, food additives, including nutritional forification substances, are specified in the Tenth Chapter of the Food Safety Law.

The Global Foodmate reminds all food additive manufacturers to implement the correct food additive product standards and produce according to the corresponding standards to ensure the safety of the food additives themselves, thereby reducing the risks in the food production process. At the same time, food manufacturers are reminded to aquire inspection reports in accordance with the correct food additive product standards when purchasing food additives to ensure that the food additives used are safe and compliant.

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Summary of Infant Formula Products Changes by Nikolaas Tilkin-Franssens

According to the change information of infant formula products issued by the National Medical Products Administration, as of March 20, 2019, Global Foodmate summarised, a total of 55 factories and 330 formulas approved for change. Among them, there are 47 domestic factories with 300 formulas; 8 overseas factories with 30 formulas; 56 formulas for goat milk powder and 274 formulas for milk powder.

According to the statistics of the changes that have been released, the changes in infant formula products mainly include changes in labels, shareholders, and product names. 114 recipes involve corporate change, 100 recipes involve label changes, 45 recipes involve company name changes, 20 recipes involve changes in production addresses, 7 recipes involve product name changes, and 6 involve production process changes.

Among the label changes, 14 recipes involved changes in content claims, 7 recipes related to functional claim changes, 33 trademark changes, 41 graphic changes, and 20 recipes for other changes (certification project changes, product description changes, etc.).

Analysis of the change found that the infant formula product changes are mainly label changes and corporate changes. The label changes mainly involve graphic changes and trademark changes in the main display layout and non-main display layout. The nutrition claims are changed less, accounting for about 17% of the label changes.

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Statistical Analysis of Unqualified Wines Entering China in 2018 by Nikolaas Tilkin-Franssens

According to the information on unqualified foods that were not allowed to enter China from January to December 2018 issued by the General Administration of Customs, Global Foodmate found that 36 batches of unqualified imported wines were not allowed to enter in 2018, with a gross weight of 63,802 kg.

Unqualified wines that were not allowed to enter the country were from 8 countries or regions, including France, Italy, Chile, Australia, Spain, Germany, the United States, and Moldova. Among them, the most unqualified wines from Moldova (12 batches), followed by 7 batches from France and 5 batches from Spain.

Unqualified reasons mainly were over-scope use of food additives, inconsistent goods, unqualified labels, unqualified packaging, sorbic acid and its salts do not meet the requirements of national standards, ochratoxin A exceeds the standard, and the quality is unqualified. Among them, half of the total unqualified wines (18 batches) were due to the unqualified packages.

These unqualified wines were mainly refused for entry at Jiangsu Port, Shanghai Port, Guangxi Port, Shenzhen Port, Tianjin Port, Zhejiang Port and Zhuhai Port. Among them, Jiangsu Port detected the most unqualified wines, with 16 batches.


The General Administration of Customs stated that the wines were not allowed to enter the country have been returned or destroyed at the port.

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Summary | FSMP Approval List in China (February, 2019) by Nikolaas Tilkin-Franssens

Last week, the state issued two batches of FSMP registrations to be claimed information on the 13th and 14th of February. So, what is the relationship between the two batches of “to be claimed” information and the registered FSMP products? How many approved products are there now?

After a batch of FSMP registrations published on October 8, 2018, the SAMR did not publish any registration catalogue in the following six months. It is reported that the products currently registered are no longer published in the form of “registration catalogue”, but are published in the form of “to be claimed”, and “not approved” is also released under the information of “to be claimed”.

At present, although the registration list is not issued, the former Food and Drug Administration is still continuously updating the information on the registered FSMP products. Up to now, the number of FSMP registered under the “Enterprise Enquiry” column of the Food and Drug Administration has been 24. In addition to the 18 FSMP products issued by the SAMR in the form of “registration catalogue”, 2 batches of FSMP were announced in the form of “to be claimed” with certificates issued on December 27, 2018 and February 13, 2019.

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