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In recent years, domestic and overseas enterprises are enthusiastic about the registration of new food raw materials in China. In 2021 alone, 27 new food raw materials were accepted by the National Health Commission (NHC), more than two times the number accepted in 2020. To apply for a new food raw material, the applicant needs to complete the preparation of a series of materials such as the raw material development report, safety assessment report and production process material. In order to help enterprises understand the status of new food raw material application and management system in China, CIRS Group will hold a webinar in June 2022.
On 13th May, 2022, National Health Commission of the People's Republic of China (NHC) approved 3 new food raw materials and 18 new food additives. The detailed approval information is as follow:
On 13 May, 2022, National Health Commission of the People's Republic of China (NHC) approved fifteen new food contact substances (No. 2 of 2022), including 4 new food contact additives, 2 food contact additives with expanded scope, 9 new food contact resins.
In recent years, with the rapid improvement of social medical level and the living standard, Chinese consumers are paying close attention to health. Besides, the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic since the beginning of 2020 has made everyone become more aware of the importance of health and the pursuit of health has become more urgent. Therefore, health food with specific health functions and/or could regulate body functions have gradually become the focus of consumers.
In recent years, Human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) has become the new aristocrat in milk and been well known by the public. HMOs are the third largest solid component in breast milk after lactose and fat. The importance of HMOs in the field of food nutrition has been constantly confirmed. Its typical ingredient 2'-FL has successively won the "pass" in the several countries. Although 2'-FL has not been officially approved for use in China, many 2'-FL applications have been reviewed and draft for public comments by the China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA), including synthetic sources and modified E.coli sources, which indicates that the approval of 2'-FL in China is near.
On April 22, 2022, China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA) issued 3 new food contact additives and resins passing the technical review of the CFSA Expert Review Committee for public comments. The 3 substances include 1 new food contact additive with expanded scope and 2 new food contact resins. The deadline for public comments is 20 May, 2022.
In the past few years, some solid beverage products posing as FSMP products, infant formula products, and even food supplements in the Chinese market. Those solid beverage products use incompliant labels and advertisements with all kinds of function claims to mislead the consumers. In order to help consumers better recognize those products, China authority SAMR has taken the action to investigate those products, and issued new labeling regulations for solid beverages, effective since June 1st of 2022.
On 15 April, 2022, China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA) issued 3 new food additives passing the technical review of the CFSA Expert Review Committee and now opens for public comments, including 1 new food enzyme, 1 new food nutrition enhancer and 1 food additive with expanded scope. The deadline for public comments is 13 May, 2022.
In accordance with the requirements of the Department of Food Safety Standards, Risk Surveillance and Assessment of the National Health Commission, China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA) sorted out the catalogues of approved “Three New Food” (including new food raw materials, new food additives, and new food-related products) since the implementation of the Food Safety Law in 2009, and illustrated their applicable national food safety standards. On March 28, 2022, CFSA issued the draft of this catalogue for public comments. Opinions and advices shall be given before April 25, 2022.
In 2021, China has expanded the health food filing dictionary, some functional ingredients such as Coenzyme q10 has been officially included in the filing dictionary, also DHA and protein may be included in the filing dictionary soon. A series of new regulations are assisting the health food filing to a new stage. However, the functional evaluation test method for the registration process has not been implemented, how do the enterprises plan for new product registration becomes the focus. In the meanwhile, the authorities have published many food supplement label related regulations, and many of them have the big impact on the health food labels from 2022.