In 2018, China's food industry has undergone dramatic changes, from institutional reforms to cross-border e-commerce to changes in many important policies and regulations. To recap some of our top headlines, Global Foodmate put together a list of the top 10 regulatory highlights (chronologically) in China food industry from the past year:
1. China 4 Dairy National Standards (Draft) Are Revising
Feb 20, 2018, China issued four new national standard drafts about raw milk, pasteurized milk, sterilized milk and method for examination of reconstituted milk. The drafts have been greatly improved in the three key aspects including raw milk grading, processing technology specification and packaging identification of milk product.
2. China's Food Regulation Structure Reform
On March 13, 2018, the 1st session of the 13th NPC China held its 4th plenary session, the State Council institutional reform scheme was explained during the meeting.
What changes have taken place in this reform regarding food industry?
3. Announcement of Registration Extension for Overseas Producers
On March 13th, China Certification and Accreditation Commission (CNCA) issued an announcement about the registration extension for overseas infant formula manufacture, which is estimated to create lots of challenges for oversea infant formula manufacturers.
4. China Food Regulation Structure- “Three Decide” the Stipulation
“Three Decide” was stipulated by SAMR. The detailed responsibilities and internal institutions and leading members were determined. What changes have taken place in this reform regarding food industry? After the “three decide” the stipulation released officially, Global Foodmate summarized the changes in order to support oversea companies to understand directly and clearly.
5. What Changes Will Happen on The New Standards of Formula Food for Infant and Children in China?
On September 7, 2018, the National Health Commission issued the "GB 10767-201X Food Safety National Standards for Children's Formula Foods (Draft for Comment)", and publicly solicited opinions from the whole society.
6. From Oct 1, 2018, "QS" Logo may not be used in Food Production
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.
7. Notice on Drafting Technical Guidelines of FSMP Clinical Trials
In order to improve FSMP registration management, guide the clinical trials research and standardize the clinical trials process of specific full nutrition FSMP, ensure the scientificity and reliability of clinical trials results, protect the safe rights of consumers, the SAMR plans to public solicitate the research units on the technical guidelines for clinical trials of specific full nutrition FSMP.
8. From 2019, Both China and Australia Will Exempt Most of Customs Duties
On November 8th, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held the fifth round of China-Australia diplomatic and strategic dialogue with Australian Foreign Minister Payne in Beijing. China and Australia will carry out the fifth round of tariff concessions on New Year's Day in 2019. By then, almost all goods in bilateral trade will enjoy zero tariffs.
9. The changes of Cross-Border E-Commerce import Retail Policy
On the 21st of November, Premier Li Keqiang chaired the State Council executive meeting and decided to continue and improve the cross-border e-commerce retail import policy and expand the scope of application, and expand the opening to stimulate the consumption potential. Global Foodmate has reviewed the changes in cross-border e-commerce retail import policies and the latest policy contents in recent years in the form of long picture.
10. GB7718 "Prepackaged Food Labeling Standards"Draft
On November 26th, 2018, the National Food Safety Standards Review Committee issued the GB7718-201X "General Rules for the Labelling of Prepackaged Foods" drafting for comments. Global Foodmate compiled the important changes and main modifications.
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