Regulations on dairy product

On 1st  Jan 2013,  The Administrative Measures on Inspection and Quarantine of Export-import Dairy Products(AQSIQ Decree No. 152) were issued by The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of People’s Republic of China on 1 January 2013. This Decree will come into force on 1 May 2013. Colostrum, milk and dairy products will be regulated under this Decree when they are imported into and exported from China. The manufacturers, distributors and importers are required to comply with specific obligations under this Decree.

Definition of Colostrum, Milk and Dairy Products under this Decree

Colostrum: is defined as a yellowish liquid, especially rich in immune factors, secreted by the mammary gland of female mammals within 7 days after the birth.

Raw Milk: is defined as a yellowish liquid, secreted by the mammary gland of female mammals, without any variation of natural compositions. Colostrum, milk secreted during the period of antibiotic application and withdrawal, and denatured milk cannot be considered as Raw Milk.

Dairy Products: are defined as any of the foods made from colostrum and raw milk, including pasteurized milk, sterilized milk, modulation milk, fermented milk, cheese and processed cheese, cream, butter, anhydrous butter, condensed milk, milk powder, whey powder, whey protein powder and milk-based infant formula and so on.

Highlights of AQSIQ Decree 152

Oversea manufacturers are required to go through a registration process under AQSIQ, when their products - Colostrum, raw milk and dairy products - are being exported into China. The specific regulation on how to do registration is still under discussion and has not been published yet. Oversea manufacturers can continue exporting until the publication of this specific regulation.

The Health Certificates, which have been issued by the governments of exporting countries, need to be provided to the AQSIQ, when these products – colostrums, raw milk and dairy products – are being imported into China. The templates of Health Certificates of below countries have been reviewed and published on AQSIQ’s website. The Colostrum, raw milk and dairy products from below countries are allowed to be imported into China.

Spain, Switzerland, South Korea, Malaysia, Chile, Finland, Ireland, Austria, Canada, Greece, the Netherlands, Argentina, Thailand, Sweden, Belarus, Belgium, Uruguay, Czech, Singapore, Italy, France, New Zealand, United States, Germany, Denmark, Brazil, Poland, Australia, United Kingdom

Chinese importers need to register themselves in AQSIQ’s system when they are planning to import Colostrum, raw milk and dairy product into China. These companies should be the domestic legal entities, who are directly importing those products into China. The duration of notification process will be 10 working days.

Besides, Chinese importers are required to apply for Quarantine Permit of Entry Animal and Plant.
  • Raw Milk
  • Dairy products made from raw milk and proceeded without any heat sterilizations
  • Pasteurized milk
The duration of application process will be 20 work days and the permit has the validity of 6 months.

Companies (exporters or importers) are required to provide comprehensive testing reports according to the specific national standards for food safety when the products are imported into China for the first time. For subsequent imports, a copy of the test report of first import and regular testing reports need to be provided.

Chinese importers are required to provide original label, translation of original label and Chinese label of their products. The Chinese label should meet the requirements of below national standards:
  • General standard for the labeling of prepackaged foods [GB 7718-2011]
  • General standard for the nutrition labeling of prepackaged foods [GB 28050-2011]

AQSIQ Decree No. 145

The Administrative measures for registration of overseas manufacturers of imported food, AQSIQ Decree No. 145, have been issued by The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of People’s Republic of China on 22 March 2013. This Decree came into force on 1 May 2013.
In accordance with AQSIQ Decree No., any overseas manufacturers of imported food are required to be registered with AQSIQ before marketing their products in China. For dairy products, the registration deadline is 1 May 2014. The specific regulation on how to approach the registration is still under construction and has not been published yet. Overseas manufacturers can continue exporting until the publication of this specific regulation. After 1 May 2014, any dairy product without manufacturer registration number cannot be imported into China. The manufacturer registration number should be indicated on the label.

National Standards for Dairy Products

Dairy product includes colostrums, raw milk and milk products. There is a specific national standard in China for each dairy product category. These national standards are listed in below table:
Product category Standard number
Raw milk Raw milk GB19301-2010
Milk products Pasteurized milk GB19645-2010
Sterilized milk GB25190-2010
Modified milk GB25191-2010
Fermented milk GB19302-2010
Cheese GB5420-2010
Process(ed) cheese GB25192-2010
Cream, butter, anhydrous milk fat GB19646-2010
Condensed milk GB13102-2010
Milk powder GB19644-2010
Whey powder, whey protein powder GB11674-2010
Milk-based infant formula GB10765-2010
Older infants and young children formula GB10767-2010


GB19644-2010 Food Safety National Standards for Milk Powder (CN version free download).

To obtain other Chinese standards aforementioned free of charge, please contact

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