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On November 23, 2023, we hosted a free webinar on the changes in the new standards for China food contact materials and articles food enterprises’ response. The playback of the webinar is now available. If you missed this webinar you can watch it free by following the link here. Many questions were raised during the webinar. We have collected the questions and made a Q&A summary as follows:
On September 25, 2023, China National Health Commission (NHC) issued 17 national standards for food contact materials. Among them, there are 5 product standards (ink, plastic, metal, rubber, composite materials) and 12 testing standards. In addition to the revision of the existing standards, new product standard and testing standards have been enacted, such as GB 4806.14-2023 ink standard. The series of standards released have brought significant changes to the regulatory requirements for food contact materials, and upstream and downstream enterprises in the food contact industry need to respond in time. CIRS Group will launch an online training session on November 23 to analyze the new regulatory requirements for food contact materials and help enterprises respond promptly and accurately.
On September 25, 2023, the National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China (NHC) released announcement No.6, 2023 regarding 85 national food safety standards, including 5 for food contact materials and articles (plastic, metal, rubber, composite materials and articles, and ink), and GB 31604.1-2023 General Rules for Migration Test of Food Contact Metal Materials and Articles. Please click here to check out the major changes in the five updated standards for food contact materials and articles. The list of standards translated is presented in the table below for your kind reference. If you want to get the full translation, please do not hesitate to contact CIRS at with the Order Form attached. If you are also interested in the English versions of other published standards, feel free to contact us.
On October 7, 2023, the National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China (NHC) issued Notice No.8 of 2023, officially approving tiger nut as a new food raw material. The notice does not specify any restrictions on its consumption level and usage scope.
From our years of regulatory compliance experience, we've translated a selection of some frequently asked questions on health food to help you better understand the current requirements in China.
In recent years, an increasing number of domestic and international companies have sought FDA GRAS certification for new substances added to food. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regularly updates the list of "Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS)" substances on its official website, with the most recent update as of October 31, 2023. CIRS Group has made a detailed analysis and summarized the substances submitted for GRAS certification from 2021 to 2023 to provide businesses with valuable insights.
On October 26, 2023, China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA) issued 8 new food additives for public comments, including 1 new food additive, 2 new food enzymes, 1 new food nutrition enhancer and 4 food additives with expanded scope. The deadline for public comments is November 21, 2023.
European Union (EU) has maintained a relatively stable trend of food substance approvals in Q2 over recent years, while the approval of food substances in Q1 and Q4 experience notable fluctuations. In contrast, Q3 has seen only one approval in 2021 and 2022, and none this year. While Q4 just started, it has seen two newly approved HMO substances, 3-FL and 6'-SL, both of which are of microbial origin.
For a long time, there has been ambiguity regarding whether capsule forms are allowed for common food. The industry generally holds the view that capsules are commonly seen in health and pharmaceutical products, yet not suitable for common food. Consequently, few capsule-type common food products have been imported into China through general trade. It is anticipated that more of these products will enter the Chinese market following this notice.
Human Milk Oligosaccharides (HMOs) stand as a vital category of naturally occurring nutrients found in breast milk. Currently, there are over 200 known structures of HMOs, with 6 types being extensively researched, of which the nutritional necessity and safety have gained broad international recognition. Notably, in China, there’s widespread attention on four compliant HMOs: 2’-fucosyllactose (2’-FL), lacto-N-neotetraose (LNnT), 6’-sialyllactose sodium salt (6’-SL), and 3’-sialyllactose sodium salt (3’-SL).