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In the past, except for registration of new enzymes produced by GMMs, other registrations of new food additives or food raw materials produced by GMMs are unacceptable by National Health Commission (NHC) in China, which means, these new food ingredients have no chance to enter the Chinese market as a food additive or food raw material. In the year of 2021, NHC opened the application channel for GMM food additives.
On October 29, 2010, Haematococcus pluvialis was approved as a "new food ingredient", which can be used in health food (dietary supplement). Several products made from Haematococcus pluvialis were approved and registered after the ingredient was approved for use, but the number was not too large. Although the development of Haematococcus pluvialis industry in China lags behind that in Japan, Europe and the United States, the domestic competition environment is relatively loose, and Haematococcus pluvialis has a better market potential in the Chinese domestic market.
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.
Functional food includes health food (food supplement), but the scope of functional food is more than just health food (food supplements). Based on the active ingredients and nutrition of the products, functional food consists of functional carbohydrates, functional lipids, plant ingredients, probiotics and other food products. With the high incidence of “lifestyle diseases”, the reasonable intake of functional foods could modify organic functions of the humans to some extent.
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 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 the past, except for registration of new enzymes produced by genetically modified microorganisms (GMMs), other registrations of new food additives or food raw materials produced by GMMs are unacceptable by National Health Commission (NHC) in China, which means, these new food ingredients have no chance to enter the Chinese market as a food additive or food raw material. In the year of 2021, NHC opened the application channel for GMM food additives. For example, human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs), which attracted much attention in recent years, are generally produced by GMMs. In the second half of 2021 alone, NHC have accepted the application of three HMO products.
On 14 March, 2022, China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA) opened public comment for Arabinoxylan. The deadline for public comments is 14 April, 2022. It is made from gramineous plants such as bagasse, wheat bran, corn husk, etc., through pretreatment, edible alkali extraction, dealkalization concentration, neutralization precipitation, washing purification, drying and other processes.
In 2021, the National Health Commission of the People's Republic of China (NHC) issued five announcements (No.9, 2020; No.2, 2021; No.5, 2021; No.6, 2021; No.9, 2021) for the approval of new food additives, with 35 new food additives (including expanded use) approved. Besides, from websites of NHC and China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA), in 2021, a total of 61 new food additives applications were accepted, and 49 new food additives (including expanded use) passed the technical evaluation and were issued for public comments.