The Newly Infant Formula Registration Approval List in China by Nikolaas Tilkin-Franssens

On October 17, 2018, the State Administration of Markets and Regulation(SAMR) announced the latest batch of approved infant formula registration, including 18 formulas from Zhangjiakou Chaer Dairy Co., Ltd. and Hulunbeier Newtech Dairy Co., Ltd. (See the table in the end of the article).

 

According to the statistics from Global Foodmate, compare this batch to the last time (August 14, 2018) registered milk powder formula companies approval list, all the brands are domestic dairy brands in China. As of today, 1,195 recipes have been approved. Among them, there are 918 formulas registered by domestic enterprises, and 277 formulas of overseas enterprises are registered.

 

Since February of this year, the speed of work related to the registration of milk powder formula has started to slow down from the second half of last year. According to sources from the industry, there are still more than 100 overseas formulations that have already submitted applications that have not yet been approved.

 

In fact, the current regulatory authorities have also given guidance on new situations that have emerged during the advancement of the milk powder formula registration process. On July 26th, the State Administration of Market Regulation issued an announcement on the official website on the public consultation for the “Guidelines for the Registration of Ingredients for the Formulation of Infant Formula Milk Powder Products (Draft for Comment)”: According to the above announcement, during the validity period of the registration certificate, under the conditions that the types of raw materials are unchanged, the order of ingredients and the table of nutrients are unchanged, the use of food raw materials and food additives during actual production is allowed to be reasonably fluctuated or adjusted within a certain range, and enterprises do not need to apply for product formula change registration. However, if there is a significant difference before and after the product formula change, the nutrient composition table changes, and the type of production process (wet process, dry process, dry-wet combination process) changes, it is not within the scope of product formula change, the enterprise should re-apply for Product formula registration.

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Source: Global Foodmate

GAC | SAMR Announcement on FSMP Registration Verification Certificate by Nikolaas Tilkin-Franssens

In order to further optimize the business environment at the port and improve the level of cross-border trade facilitation, the General Administration of Customs and the State Administration of Market Regulation have decided to implement electronic data network verification for five types of regulatory documents such as the Registration Verification Certificate for Food for Special Medical Purposes (FSMP). The relevant matters are hereby announced as follows:

1. From the date of publication of the announcement,which is October 17th 2018, the “Registration Verification Certificate for FSMP”, “Health Food Registration Certificate or Health Food Filing Certificate” and “Infant Formula Milk Powder Product Formula Registration Certificate” (hereinafter referred to as the certificate) will be implemented nationwide and checked through networked verification of electronic data and electronic data of import and export goods declarations.

2. Starting from November 1, 2018, the implementation of the "Compulsory Product Certification Certificate or Proof document", "Special Equipment Manufacturing License and Type Test Certificate" electronic data and verify the electronic data of import and export goods declaration form have been implemented nationwide.

3. The relevant departments from SAMR shall issue certificates according to relevant laws and regulations, and transmit the electronic data of the documents to the GAC. The customs shall conduct verification check in the customs clearance and handle the import and export procedures as required. The network can verify the documents issued before the implementation, and the enterprise can handle the import and export procedures with the customs within the validity period.

4. Customs declaration agency enterprises may declare to the customs in a paperless manner in accordance with the provisions of the paperless reform of customs clearance operations. Due to the audit requirements of the customs and SAMR’s departments or computer management systems, communication network failures, etc., it can be transferred to a paper customs declaration or additional paper documents.

5. Enterprises can log in to China's international trade “single window” to check the electronic data transmission status of the documents.

6. The China Custom Port Electronic Data Center is the technical support department for network verification information.

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Source: Global Foodmate

Letter from the SAMR on Public Consultation Opinions on the Naming of Health Foods (Draft for Comment) by Nikolaas Tilkin-Franssens

In order to further standardize the name of health food products, according to the "Regulations on the Registration and Recording of Health Foods" and the "Detailed Rules for the Examination and Approval of Health Food Registration and Review" (2016 Edition), the SAMR organized the drafting of the Health Food Naming Guide. (Draft for Comment), is now open for comments.

Health Food Naming Guide (draft for comments)

In order to standardize the registration and filing of health food product names, in accordance with the “Regulations on the Registration and Filing of Health Foods” (hereinafter referred to as the “Measures”), “Working Rules for the Examination and Approval of Health Food Registration and Review” (2016 Edition), etc., develop this guide. This guide applies to the registration and filing of health food products within the territory of the People's Republic of China.

1. The basic principles of health food naming

(1) It complies with relevant national laws and regulations.

(2) Follow the rule of one product only corresponding with one name.

(3) Reflecting the true attributes of the product,using concise, easy to understand  lines with Chinese language habits.

(4) It shall not involve the claims such as prevention and treatment of diseases, and shall not mislead or deceive consumers.

2. The health food name composition

The name of the health food consists of the trade name, the common name, and the attribute name.

3. The health food content may not contain:

(1) The trade name and common name shall not contain the following contents:

i)       Words that are false, exaggerated, or absolute;

ii)     Words that express or suggest disease prevention and treatment functions;

iii)    Vulgar or words with feudal superstition;

iv)    Words such as human tissues and organs;

v)     Symbols other than "®";

vi)    Other words that mislead consumers.

The name of the health food shall not contain the names of people, places, Hanyu Pinyin, letters and numbers, etc., except that the registered trademarks have the names of the raw materials containing the letters and numbers that conform to the state regulations.

(2) The generic name may not contain the following contents:

i)        The generic name of the registered drug, except for the name of the raw material or the approval of the health food registration;

ii)       The name of the health function or the text related to the health function of the product;

iii)     Abbreviated names of raw materials that are misleading;

iv)      Other words prohibited by laws and regulations.

4. The health food name declaration and review requirements

(1) Health food name and brand name declaration and review requirements

(2) Requirements for the declaration and review of the generic name of health food products

(3) Health food name and property name declaration and review requirements

(4) The same formula and the same name declaration and review requirements

(5) Declaration and review requirements for special labelling of health food names

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How to Dispose of Food Beyond Expiration Date And Recycled Food? by Nikolaas Tilkin-Franssens

Improper handling of expired food cause major food safety issues.

At present, many supermarkets and distributors often return the food near or beyond the expiration date to the manufacturer in order to save the cost of disposing expired food. This is a common practice in the food industry, even many distributors have written it into their contracts with the manufacturers.

So How to dispose of foods beyond their expiration date and recycled foods? What are the laws and regulations for foods beyond their expiration date and recycled food in China?

I. DEFINITION

1. Expiration date

Expiration date means the date which signifies the end of the period under any storage conditions stated on the label of the prepackaged food, during which the quality of the product will be preserved and the product will remain fully marketable and retain the specific qualities for which tacit or express claims have been made on its label.(GB 7718-2011)

The expiration date of prepackaged food is the period to maintain the quality of food, which is exactly the best edible period. It is determined by the producer after scientific verification and provided to consumers through labels and other means.(Implementation guide for GB 7718-2011)

The expiration date is the time limit for food to maintain quality under certain storage environment parameters such as temperature, humidity and light.(T/CNFIA 001-2017)

2. Recycled food

According to the notice of former AQSIQ on the issues about prohibiting the use of recycled food as raw materials in food production and processing, the recycled food includes:

(1) all kinds of food and semi-finished products recycled by food production and processing enterprises within expiration date;

(2) all kinds of food and semi-finished products that have exceeded the expiration date recycled by food production enterprises;

(3) stop selling products for various reasons and returned all kinds of food and semi-finished products to food manufacturer and processing enterprises by wholesalers and retailers;

(4) all kinds of food and semi-finished products detained and confiscated by administrative law enforcement agencies due to product quality and safety problems.

II. How to dispose of food beyond expiration date and recycled food?

1. National laws and regulations

1) Food Safety Law

Article 54: food traders shall store food in accordance with the requirements for ensuring food safety, regularly check the food stock and clean up food timely that has gone bad or has exceeded the shelf life.

2) Notice of the former CFDA on further strengthening the supervision of food beyond the expiration date

Shall clean up the food timely and take measures such as discontinue operation and separate storage to withdraw from the market. If food traders and food producers or suppliers have provisions for the food return, they shall go through the return procedures in time according to the contract.

Shall dispose food beyond their expiration date and recycled food strictly. Food producers and marketers shall comply with the provisions of the food safety law and other laws and regulations, carry out harmless treatment or destruction (packaging shall be destroyed at the same time), and can also be converted into feed or fertilizer through recycling by qualified corporations. If destruction is necessary, it shall be done by itself or by a authorization to destroy the food according to the specific situation such as the variety and quantity of the food to be destroyed, and it shall not affect food safety again.

Food producers and operators shall establish food standing books to record the expiration date of their food products. Record truthfully and keep the available image data, and keep the related records for at least two years.

3) Notice on prohibiting using the recycled food as raw materials in food production and processing

The records shall include the product name, specification, batch number, production date, return date, return quantity, destruction site, destruction method, destruction quantity, destruction time, personnel in charge, etc. More than 2 persons should be present and sign when destroying the food.

2. Local laws and regulations

In addition to the national laws and regulations mentioned above, some municipal laws and regulations have their own requirements:

The Heilongjiang province food safety act stipulates food producers and traders shall regularly check the food stock and sales of food, food raw materials, if food, food raw material are found that has been deteriorating or exceed the expiration date, it shall be immediately stopped using for food production and sales, and disposal or destroy, and to set up a disposing or destroyed records, It shall not be returned to the suppliers or producers. The record shall be kept for at least two years.

The Shanghai city food safety act stipulates that food producers and operators are prohibited from returning food and food additives beyond expiration date to the relevant production and marketing enterprises.

The measures for the administration of food products near and beyond expiration date of Guangzhou also stipulates that food operators shall remove food products from shelves, sort, check, seal and keep records in a timely manner, and shall not return the products to food suppliers. The destroyed food shall be disposed in accordance with the relevant provisions. In addition, large and medium-sized food supermarkets shall set up special food sites for centralized destruction beyond expiration date, install video monitoring equipment, and clearly record the food destruction process. The record keeping period of video monitoring data shall be at least 30 days. The food producer or business operator shall fill in the transfer list, and the term of preservation of the transfer list shall not be at least 2 years.

III. Summary

At present, the main disposal methods for food beyond expiration date and recycled food by national laws and regulations are timely cleaning, harmless treatment, self-destruction or commissioned destruction, and establishing the destruction records and the available video data are kept synchronously. Relevant records shall be kept for at least two years.

In addition, Guangzhou also stipulated that the destroyed food should be treated comply with the relevant provisions of garbage disposal. Where large and medium-sized food supermarkets self-destruct foods beyond expiration date, they shall also set up special food sites where centralized destruction is taking place. Food producers and traders entrusted with the destruction shall also fill in the delivery list, and the storage term of the delivery list shall be at least 2 years.

Can expired food be returned to the manufacturer? According to the notice issued by former CFDA, if food traders have provisions on the return of food with food producers or suppliers, the return procedures shall be handled timely according to the contract. If the expired food returned to the manufacturer, the potential risk of re-entering the market after a makeover cannot be fundamentally eliminated. At present, some regions have more stringent regulations. Shanghai, Heilongjiang and Guangzhou have all banned food producers from returning food/raw materials beyond expiration date to their suppliers or producers.

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From October 1, 2018, the "QS" Logo may no longer be used in Food Production by Nikolaas Tilkin-Franssens

The newly revised Food Safety Law was implemented as early as October 1, 2015. As a new amendment to the Food Safety Law, the Food and Drug Administration Regulations formulated by the former China Food and Drug Administration. The method is also implemented simultaneously. In order to guide local food and drug supervision and administration departments to conscientiously implement the production license system for food (including food additives, the same below), the State Food and Drug Administration issued a notice on the relevant matters implemented by the Measures. The notice clarifies that from October 1, 2018, food produced by food producers may no longer use the original packaging, labels and "QS" mark.

Please note: the food "QS" logo has been phased out; replaced by "SC" plus 14 Arabic numbers

After the implementation of the Measures, the food “QS” mark has been phased out within three years.

The legal basis for the “QS” mark on food packaging was “Regulations on the Administration of Production Licenses for Industrial Products”. With the adjustment of food supervision and management institutions and the implementation of the new Food Safety Law, the Regulations on the Administration of Production Licenses for Industrial Products It is no longer the basis for food production licenses.

Therefore, the elimination of food "QS" is strictly enforced by laws and regulations, because the new "Food Safety Law" clearly stipulates that the food production license number should be marked on the food packaging. Also,the food production license mark is not required to be marked. Second, the new food production license number can fully meet the purpose of identification and inquiry. The new food production license number is composed of the letters "SC" plus 14 Arabic numerals. Third, the abolition of the “QS” mark is conducive to enhancing the food producer's awareness of food safety.

From October 1, 2018, the "QS" logo may not be used in food production.

After the implementation of the Measures, the newly certified food producers shall mark the new food production license number on the food packaging or label, and no longer mark the “QS” mark. In order to fully implement the new production licensing system as soon as possible, and to avoid the waste of producer packaging materials and food labels, the "Measures" gives producers a maximum of three years of transition, that is, production on October 1, 2018 and beyond. The food must not continue to use the original packaging and labeling and the "QS" logo.

What does the “food category code” mean in the food production license number?

The food and food additive category code is identified by 3 digits. Specifically, the first digit represents the food and food additive production license identification code, the Arabic number “1” stands for food, and the Arabic number “2” stands for food additive. The second and third digits represent the food and food additive category numbers.

The food category numbers are sequentially identified in the order of the food categories listed in Article 11 of the Measures for the Administration of Food Production Licenses, namely: “01” for food processed products, “02” for edible oils, oils and their products, and “03” for Condiments, and so on..., "27" stands for health food, "28" stands for special medical formula, "29" stands for infant formula, "30" stands for special diet, and "31" stands for other food.

The food additive category number identification is: "01" stands for food additive, "02" stands for food flavor, and "03" stands for compound food additive.

Once the food production license number is /confirm/ied, it will not change. When the license is extended or changed in the future, the license number will not change.

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How to Import Food Products without Food Safety National Standards by Nikolaas Tilkin-Franssens

For imported foods that do not have food safety national standards, how to export them to China?

Legal provisions

Article 93

For imported foods that do not have food safety national standards, the foreign exporters, overseas production enterprises or their entrusted importers shall submit relevant national (regional) standards or international standards to the health administrative department of the State Council. The health administrative department of the State Council examines the relevant standards and decides that it meets the food safety requirements, and decides to apply it temporarily, and formulates corresponding national food safety standards in a timely manner. imported foods or new varieties of imported food additives and new varieties of food-related products produced by using new food raw materials shall be handled in accordance with the provisions of Article 37 of this Law.

The entry-exit inspection and quarantine institutions shall, in accordance with the requirements of the health administrative department of the State Council, inspect the food, food additives and food-related products specified in the preceding paragraph. The test results should be made public.

Real Case Analysis

Mr. Li, the owner of a Chinese online store specializing in Southeast Asian snacks, often needs to travel to Malaysia and Thailand. In February 2017, Mr. Li imported a special local snack products from Malaysia that is unique in color, flavor and taste. However, at the time of returning to the country for security inspection, the Customs inspected the food carried by Mr. Li and found that there is no food safety national standard in China. In order to ensure food safety, the Customs detained the goods according to law. What should Mr. Li do?

Expert statement

In order to strengthen the review of the formulation and production process of imported foods and lower the risk of food safety, Article 93 of China's Food Safety Law stipulates that imported foods that do not have food safety national standards shall be exported by overseas exporters and overseas production enterprises. Or the entrusted importer submits the relevant national (regional) standards or international standards to the health administrative department of the State Council. In this case, since the food imported by Mr. Li has no corresponding food safety national standards in China, in order to protect the food safety of consumers and avoid food safety accidents after consumption, he should submit relevant implementation documents and national standards to the health administrative department of the State Council. After attaining the permit, which the products are approved by the department, the products can be sold in China.

Conclusion

China's laws stipulate the import food certification that does not yet have a food safety national standard. Food operators should strictly implement it, and relevant departments should conduct strict inspections.

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The First Full-nutrition FSMP Approval Issued by SAMR by Nikolaas Tilkin-Franssens

On August 7, 2018, the State Administration of Markets and Regulations (SAMR) issued information on the registration catalogue of FSMP. 

For the first time in the catalogue, a full-nutrition FSMP is approved. So far, except for the specific nutrition FSMP, the other three types of FSMP have products being approved. The "food" of the FSMP consumer has a better guarantee.

In terms of product categories, FSMP are mainly divided into infant formulas FSMP, non full-nutrition FSMP, full-nutrition FSMP and specific nutrition FSMP. 

Until now, the approval rate of infant formulas FSMP is 77%, still occupying the first place. Non full-nutrition FSMP ranked in second placed. The full-nutrition FSMP is approved for the first time, and it takes the third place. Only specific nutrition FSMP has not been approved, and it is expected there will be approved products in this category.

Look into the market share from the enterprises, there are currently six companies have products being registered, among which domestic companies include Beingmate and Suzhou Hengrui, and others are international enterprises. Overall, the approval rate of Abbott products accounted for 39% of the total approved products. Danone, Mead Johnson and Suzhou Hengrui ranked second with 15% respectively, and Nestlé and Beingmate ranked third.


Since November 2017, the former CFDA and the SAMR have successively published seven batches of catalogues for the registration of FSMP. Since June 2018, six products have been approved in less than two months. The only explanation is that the evaluation process is intensifying the approval on FSMP.


In the official news from the beginning of this year, 75 product registration cases of more than 20 domestic and foreign companies have been acceptted. Within half a year, the full-nutrition FSMP product has been approved for the first time, which add one more FSMP category to the FSMP family. Nowadays, infant formulas FSMP, non full-nutrition FSMP, and full-nutrition FSMP have been approved. only special nutrtion FSMP has not been approved. The main reason from the analysis of the Foodamte may be that specific nutrient FSMP needs to be clinically tested, and the company is preparing for clinical trials. The test is also taking nearly one to two years.


For more information on the previous registration details, please click here to see.

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The SAMR Publishes the Registration Approval List of Infant Formula by Nikolaas Tilkin-Franssens

The State Administration of MarketsRegulations (SAMR) informed that on August 10, the SAMR approved the registration of 21 infant formulas for three companies. The approved enterprises are Shanxi Yashili Dairy Co., Ltd., Heilongjiang Youbeite Dairy Co., Ltd. and Hulunbeier Friendship Dairy (Group) Co., Ltd.

On August 10, 2018, the State Administration of Market Regulations approved the registration of 21 infant formula formulas for 3 companies.

Until now, the number of infant formulas that have been registered has reached 1,177. 

According to the data released by the former China Administration of Food and Drug Administration, on December 27, 2017, the China Food and Drug Administration accepted a total of 1,330 recipe applications. After the registration list was published, there were still about 150 recipes continue waiting for approval.

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Cadmium Content in Cereals and Supplementary Foods for Infants and Young Children Will be Included in Food Safety Sampling by Nikolaas Tilkin-Franssens

On July 25, the State Administration of Markets Regulations(SAMR) issued a notice to adjust the individual inspection items in the 2018 food safety sampling plan.

The notice clearly states that the determination of cadmium (in terms of Cd) in cereal supplements for infants and young children is included in the 2018 food safety sampling plan. This is based on the previous announcement by the National Health and Wellness Commission regarding the publication of the Interim Limit on Cadmium in Infant and Cereals.

The notice pointed out that according to the standard corrigendum issued by the food safety standard errata section of the National Food Safety Risk Assessment Center official website, the residual sulfur dioxide in sugar was included in the 2018 food safety sampling plan; the method for detecting folic acid and pantothenic acid in infant formula was revised. . The samples taken by each unit from the date of issuance of this notice and afterwards shall be supervised and sampled according to the content after the errata.

The notice requires that the China Food and Drug Control Research Institute, the food safety sampling inspection agencies and the provincial bureaus should pay close attention to the revision of the national food safety standards (including the limited value), timely adjust the food safety sampling program, and update the food safety. The national pumping and provincial pumping base tables in the Sampling Monitoring Information System.

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SAMR Seeks Public Comment on Technical Guidelines for the Registration of Infant Formula Milk Powder Products (Draft for Comment) by Nikolaas Tilkin-Franssens

On July 24, 2018, the State Adminsitration of Market Regulation issued Technical Guidelines for the Registration of Infant Formula Milk Powder Products (Comment Draft), an notice of proposed rulemaking seeking public comment for further standardizing the registration of formula changes for infant formula product, and simplifying and optimizating the process. According to the "Regulations on the Registration of Formulas for Infant Formula Milk Powder Products" (formerly the China Food and Drug Administration(CFDA), Order No. 26) and related regulations, the State Adminsitration of Market Regulation organized the drafting of the Technical Guidelines for the Registration of Infant Formula Milk Powder Formulations. Principles (Draft for Comment).

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Solicitation of Opinions on 6 Items of Food Safety National Standards (Draft for Comment), Food Additives DL-Alanine by Nikolaas Tilkin-Franssens

"Food Additives DL-Alanine", "Food Additives L-Threonine", "Food Additives β-Cyclodextrin", "Food Additives Chlorophyll Copper", "Food Additives Potassium metaphosphate" and "Food Additives" Acidic calcium pyrophosphate" 6 national food safety standards were included in the 2017 National Food Safety Standards Project, project number is spaq2017-018, spaq-2017-019, spaq-2017-020, spaq-2017-032spaq-2017 -031 and spaq-2017-035, China Food Fermentation Industry Research Institute Co., Ltd. and China Food Additives and Ingredients Association as the above-mentioned project undertakers, responsible for the organization of standards.

 

In accordance with the working procedures of the national food safety standards, the Standard Drafting Working Group put forward a standard draft for comments on the basis of research on relevant standard technical materials, industry research, sample testing, and data analysis. In order to make the standard more scientific, reasonable and applicable, the standard draft for comments is sent to all relevant units and relevant experts, and opinions are widely heard. Please make suggestions for revision and suggestions on the basis of careful research and fill out the “standard request for comments”. " (see Annex 1). Please return the comments and suggestions on the standard by mail, fax or lang before August 17, 2018. The standard drafting working group will modify the standard according to the reasonable suggestions collected.

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New Pesticide Residue Limits established for 43 compounds by Nikolaas Tilkin-Franssens

he National Health Commission, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and the SAMR issued nine national food safety standards, including the National Food Safety Standard, the Maximum Residue Limits of 43 Pesticides such as Paraquat in Food (GB 2763.1-2018)

On June 21, 2018, the National Health Committee, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs and the SAMR issued the “Maximum Residue Limits of 43 Pesticides such as Paraquat in Foodstuffs for National Food Safety” (GB 2763.1-2018) and 8 pesticide residues. Quantitative testing methods for food safety national standards. It will be implemented on December 21, 2018.

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The General Administration of Customs issues a "Decision of the General Administration of Customs on Amending Certain Regulations" by Nikolaas Tilkin-Franssens

The General Administration of Customs issued the "Decision of the General Administration of Customs on Amending Certain Rules and Regulations," which took effect on July 1, 2018. Among them, there are 82 regulations, including the Provisions on the Supervision and Administration of Food Hygiene at Frontier Ports and the Supervision and Administration Measures on the Inspection and Quarantine of Exit Fruits.

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National Food Safety Risk Assessment Center Releases Soluble Soybean Polysaccharides for New Food Additives by Nikolaas Tilkin-Franssens

The National Food Safety Risk Assessment Center released comments on the requirement for soluble soybean polysaccharides, a new breed of food additives. It is intended to be used as an anti-caking agent in wet noodle products (such as noodles, dumplings, wontons, and burned wheat) with a maximum use of 5g/kg. The deadline for soliciting comments is June 27.

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The Primary Components Testing Method of Health Food Probiotics by Nikolaas Tilkin-Franssens

In order to further clarify the requirements for the research, development and review of the testing methods for primary components of probiotic, the The National Food Safety Risk Assessment Center organized a special seminar to conduct research on relevant review issues. The relevant information is hereby released for reference when applying for registration of health foods.

Given that the current national standards and international standards for probiotic detection methods can basically meet the needs of probiotics for health food testing. At the same time, the national and international standards are stable, reproducible, and applicable, the primary testing method for probiotics and research data are not mandatory requirements. However, the test methods selected and confirmed by registered applicants should meet the following national or international standards:

(1) The test strains shall be probiotics in the current "List of Probiotics for Health Foods" and "List of Strains Suitable for Use in Foods". The test methods must adopt the methods specified in GB 4789.34 or GB 4789.35.

(2) Test strains are not included in the current "List of Health Probiotics for Probiotics" and "List of Strains for Use in Foods", and products whose detection methods cannot adopt the methods specified in GB 4789.34 or GB 4789.35 may be adopted by AOAC ( (Association Of Official Analytical Chemists) Microbiological Examination Method System, USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Microbiological Examination Method System, IDF (International Dairy Federation) Microbiological Examination Method System, FDA Bacteriological Analytical Manual (BAM), and ISO 16140 prescribed method.

(3) Test strains are not included in the current “List of Health Food Probiotic Strains’ and “the List of Strains that can be used for Food”, and products that use self-developed test methods should provide the basis for selection and determination of test methods.

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The National Health and Sanitation Commission issues letter on classification between foods and traditional Chinese medicines materials by Nikolaas Tilkin-Franssens

n April 27, 2018, the National Health and Sanitation Commission issued a letter regarding the solicitation of the management advice on 9 kinds of substances such as Codonopsis that are both foods and traditional Chinese medicines materials. It is planned to administrate 9 kinds of substances such as Codonopsis, Cistanche, Dendrobium candidum, American ginseng, Astragalus, Ganoderma lucidum, Gastrodia elata, Hawthorn and Eucommia ulmoides in accordance with the quality of food substances. The deadline for soliciting comments is May 30, 2018.

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Announcement of State Administration for Market Regulation and China Drug Administration about doing a good job in food and drug supervision during the period of institutional reform by Nikolaas Tilkin-Franssens

On April 10th, 2018, State Administration for Market Regulation and China Drug Administration issued an announcement about food and drug supervision during the period of institutional reform, and the main contents were as follows: Before the announcement of the “three fixed” program of State Administration for Market Regulation and China Drug Administration, issues of review and approval, supervision and inspection, inspection and detection, inspection of law enforcement, complaints report and information disclosure regarding food, drug, medical apparatus and instruments, cosmetic, health food, infant formula milk powder and foods for special medical purpose undertaken by the original China Food and Drug Administration should be managed based on already existing provisions; Various reply, certificate and office-copy should follow the original format tentatively, and business seal, text format and handling procedures remain unchanged. After the institutional reform is in place, relevant matters will be informed separately.

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CFDA Issued an Announcement on Food and Health Food Products by Nikolaas Tilkin-Franssens

On April 2, 2018, CFDA issued an announcement on testing programs for special sampling and monitoring of food and health food products. In order to increase the intensity of sampling and monitoring of the key food products, the General Administration of the People’s Republic of China organized and formulated the “Special Sampling and Monitoring Work Program for Food and Health Food”. And carefully organize the implementation.

1 Sampling type

Health Food, Plant based protein beverage, and convenient food (including imported foods). health food includes Improve sleep, Assist to regulate blood sugar level, Assist to reduce blood fat, Assist to reduce blood pressure, Lose weight, Relieve physical fatigue, and Strengthen immunity referred to as the seven types of health products. Plant based protein beverages include soy milk beverage, soymilk, walnut (milk), almond, peanut, etc. and other plant based protein components containing beverages. Convenient food including instant noodles, and flavored noodles (spicy flavored noodles) etc..

2 Inspection items

The sampling focus on illegally added substances in health foods, identification of plant components and non-edible substances in plant based protein beverages, non-edible substances and food additives in convenient foods. See Table 1 for inspection items and test methods for health products.

3 Sampling quantity

A total of 2,595 batches samples were inspected, including 770 health food products, 770 plant based protein beverages, and 1055 convenient foods.

4 Progress schedule

All sampling and inspection work should be completed by April 30, 2018.

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NFHPC Issued an Announcement on Six New Varieties of Food-Related Products on 3-Aminopropyltriethoxysilane etc. by Nikolaas Tilkin-Franssens

On March 28,2018, according to the provisions of the "Food Safety Law," the review agency has organized experts to review and pass on the safety assessment materials for six new food-related products such as 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane.

1. New Additives Varieties in Food Contact Materials and Products:

Homopolymers of distillates (petroleum), C3-6, piperylene-rich (C5) and copolymers with one or more of the following: isobutylene (C4), styrene, and alpha-methylstyrene.

2. Additives for food Contact Materials and Products that Expanding the Range of Usage or Usage Scope

3-Aminopropyltriethoxysilane

3. New Resin Varieties for food Contact Materials and Products

Polymer of adipic acid with isophthalic acid, maleic anhydride, 2-methyl-1,3-propanediol, 2,2-dihydroxymethyl butanol and dimethyl-2,6-naphthanlene dicarboxylate.

Polymer of isophthalic acid, maleic anhydride, phthalic anhydride, phosphoric acid, trimethylol propane and 2-methyl-1,3-propanediol.

Polymer of isophthalic acid and terephthalic acid, adipic acid, trimethylol propane, 2-methyl-

1,3-propanediol and ethylene glycol.

4. Resins for food Contact Materials and Products that Expand usage or usage

Polyvinyl chloride

Source: Global FoodMate