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Hydrolyzed milk protein refers to a food ingredient obtained by hydrolyzing the milk protein in milk. Specifically, this involves breaking down whole proteins into smaller molecules—proteins, peptides, or amino acids—through heating and/or the action of substances such as acids and enzymes. This process reduces the allergenicity of the large protein molecules while maintaining a nutritional profile similar to that of the undecomposed proteins. Hydrolyzed milk protein can be divided into two types, namely hydrolyzed whey protein and hydrolyzed casein. Depending on the degree of hydrolysis, it can be further categorized into partially hydrolyzed whey protein, partially hydrolyzed casein, extensively hydrolyzed whey protein, and extensively hydrolyzed casein.
On February 26, 2024, the National Technical Committee on Special Dietary Foods of Standardization Administration of China (SAC/TC466) issued 12 drafted national standards including Determination of Melatonin in Health Foods (Draft) for public comments. Comments and suggestions can be submitted to the committee by filling out the feedback form (see Appendix 2), or emailed to tc466@scff.org.cn.
From our years of regulatory compliance experience, we’ve translated a selection of some frequently asked questions on foods for special medical purposes (FSMP) to help you gain a clearer understanding of the current requirements in China.
From our years of regulatory compliance experience, we’ve translated a selection of some frequently asked questions on health food to help you gain a clearer understanding of the current requirements in China.
On February 8, 2024, in alignment with the Food Safety Law of the People’s Republic of China, the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) issued the drafted Technical Requirements for Filing Products with Health Food Raw Material Ginseng radix ET rhizome, Panacis quinquefolii radix, and Ganoderma for public comments. Comments are welcomed before March 8, 2024.
Detailed information on 173 registered FSMP products
Under the framework of the new national standard (GB), infant formula milk powder producers using base powder face a series of technical and compliance requirements during formula registration. These cover the entire process from formula design, and raw materials inspection to commercial trial production. Therefore, it’s crucial for enterprises to understand these requirements at the outset of formula design to ensure a smooth registration process.
On January 18, 2024, the National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China (NHC) released the General Rules for Food for Special Medical Purposes (Draft) for public comment. The deadline for public comments is February 29, 2024. By analyzing the draft and the accompanying document, CIRS Group has compiled the key revisions of the draft to provide food enterprises with valuable insights. Compared to GB 29922-2013, the revisions primarily focus on four main aspects, namely product categories, technical requirements, labeling, and other requirements
On January 19, 2024, the National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China (NHC) released the General Rules for the Labeling of Prepackaged Food (Draft) (hereinafter referred to as GB 7718 draft) for public comments. Comments are welcomed before February 29, 2024. CIRS Group has compiled the key changes in the draft to help food enterprises gain a clearer understanding of the design requirements for the labeling of prepackaged food.
In 2023, the National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China (NHC) issued five announcements (No. 1 of 2023, No. 3 of 2023, No. 5 of 2023, No. 8 of 2023, No. 10 of 2023) regarding “Three New Foods”, approving a total of 74 products. Among these, 29 are new food-related products, including those with an expanded use. Furthermore, according to the official website of NHC and the China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA), throughout 2023: 31 applications for new food-related products were officially accepted; 16 new food-related products were issued for public comments (including those with expanded scope of use); and 19 new food-related products accepted in 2021, 2022 and 2023 were issued a rejection decision.