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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.
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.
On 1st March, 2022, National Health Commission of the People's Republic of China (NHC) approved 2 new food raw materials and 11 new food additives.
On 29 January, 2022, China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA) issued 5 new food additives passing the technical review of the CFSA Expert Review Committee and now opens for public comments, including 3 new food enzymes, 1 new food processing aid and 1 food additive with expanded scope. The deadline for public comments is 28 February, 2022.
On 12th Apr. 2021, the General Administration of Customs, P.R.China (GACC) issued the Registration and Administration of Overseas Manufacturers for Imported Foods (GACC Decree No.248), which has come into force as from 1st Jan. 2022. From 1st Jan, 2022, food products imported into China without the GACC registration have the potential risks to be held by the local customs in China. In the past six months, there have been some updates from GACC regarding this registration obligation including the online registration system and the relevant guidance. Currently, it’s challenging for many overseas companies due to the limited time and registration process.
On January 7, 2022, State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) issued the Notice on Strengthening the Quality and Safety Supervision of Solid Beverages (Notice of No.46, 2021), which put forward many new requirements for the labels of solid beverages. The Notice will be implemented from June 1, 2022. Related enterprises are recommended to make preparations for label rectification in advance.
On April 12, 2021, GACC issued the Regulations of the People's Republic of China on the Registration and Administration of Overseas Manufacturers for Imported Food (GACC Decree No.248). It is believed that the vast majority of companies who exporting food to China know that “all overseas manufacturers need to complete the overseas facilities registration before January 1, 2022, otherwise the subsequent export may be affected’. After issuing the new regulations, GACC has also done a lot of work and efforts to help enterprises complete the registration work as soon as possible. At the end of September, GACC notified embassies and concerned authorities of the registration. In November, GACC launched the online registration system; issued the interpretation of GACC Decree No.248 and the guidelines for the overseas facilities registration. However, because the involved countries and foreign food companies are very many indeed, it is inevitable that many companies have problems and difficulties in registration.
In the actual production of food, if a food substance has not been approved in China, it’s necessary to submit related safety assessment materials of this substance to National Health Commission of the People's Republic of China (NHC) for registration. At present, there are two registration types for "food substance", namely, new food raw material (novel food) registration and new food additive registration. In this article, CIRS will discuss the similarities between these two applications.
On April 12, 2021, GACC issued the Regulations of the People's Republic of China on the Registration and Administration of Overseas Manufacturers for Imported Food (GACC Decree No.248). This Regulation requires all imported food manufacturers shall register the factory at GACC, and will be implemented on January 1, 2022. On November 5, the official interpretation of GACC Decree No.248 was released by GACC. Many issues that manufacturers have paid high attention were answered in the interpretation. CIRS sorted out the highlights of the interpretation for reference.
Introduction On 13th April 2021, the General Administration of Customs, P.R.China (GACC) issued the Administration Measures on the Registration of Overseas Manufacturers of Imported Foods, which will come into force as from 1st January 2022. With the goal of helping companies have a better understanding of how GACC works, CIRS held a webinar to talk about this regulation. This webinar will have an introduction to this draft, show the documents which companies need to prepare