133 Batches of Imported Food Rejected in Dec. 2019, Viplus Blacklisted According to a GAC announcement issued on Feb. 13, 2020, 133 batches of food products from 39 countries/regions were rejected by China GAC in December 2019, amounting to 1316.6 tons.
The Impact of COVID-19 on Food Regulation in China? It is anticipated that the implementation of special food registration and other pending regulations will be postponed due to COVID-19.
Coronavirus Epidemic Significantly Impacting Dairy Supply Chain The impact of the coronavirus on China’s supply chain is likely to accelerate the rate of SMEs exiting the market.
Coronavirus Outbreak Fueling Sales of Health Foods Two areas of China's food sector that are performing particularly well during the epidemic are health foods (functional food) and nutrient supplements.  
Updated Labeling Requirements of Foods for Special Medical Purpose in Taiwan As revealed by Taiwan FDA Notice on Feb 6th, 2020, Taiwan released the Labeling Requirements of Foods for Special Medical Purpose (FSMP) to renew the classification and labeling requirement of FSMP food.
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  • South Korea Is Proposed to Revise "Inspection Requirements of Imported Food and etc."
    On Feb. 18, MFDS announced the proposed revision to "Inspection Requirements of Imported Food and etc". The major amendments are listed below: 1.The sample of imported food products can be delivered by professional logistics enterprises which has been declared as "food transportation" followed by "Food Sanitation Act" 2. The pesticide items subject to precise inspection increase to 65 from 58 3. The scope of food considered safety by MFDS is adjusted Any comments shall be sent back prior to Apr. 20, 2020
  • Thailand is Proposed to Produce Food-Grade Plastic Containers by Recycled Plastic Particle
    Thailand is considering using recycled PET and HDPE to produce food-grade plastic containers. On Feb. 14 Thailand Food and Drug Administration updated the questionnaire of MOH No. 295 announcement "Notification Regarding Plastic Containers' Quality or Standard", and the public feedback will be ended on April 10th, 2020.
  • Thailand Forbids the Addition of Benzoic Acid as Preservative in Condensed Milk
    On Feb. 13, 2020, Thailand Food and Drug Administration stated that benzoic acid cannot be added as preservative in condensed milk. If the manufacturer violates the rule, it will be fined 20000 THB (about 642 US dollars), or 2 years in jail, or both of them.
  • FSSAI Specifies Migration Limits of Antimony and DEHP and Packaging of Drinking Water
    On Feb 7, 2020, FSSAI released the notice that the maximum migration limit of antimony is 0.04 mg/kg and 1.5 mg/kg for phthalic acid, bis(2-ethylhexyl)ester (DEHP).
  • Japan Releases Application Procedures for Adding Fungus Powder into Follow Up Milk
    On Jan 23, 2020, MHLW formulates the application procedures for adding fungus powder into follow up milk. Besides the requirement given before, enterprises shall also provide following material: 1. the purpose of adding the fungus powder 2. safety material of the strain 3. safety material of the product that contains the fungus powder 4. other relevant material.
  • Abbott Granted for Another FSMP Approval
    On Feb 7th, 2020, Abbott Manufacturing Singapore Private Limited got the FSMP approval for its PediaSure Nutritional Complete Formula.
  • China's Tariff Commission of the State Council Adjusts the Tariff Levied on US Products
    On Feb. 6, 2020, Tariff Commission of the State Council announced that the tariff levied on the US-produced products previously subject to additional tariff (the 3rd batch, 2019 No, 4 announcement) will be adjusted from 13:00 of Feb. 14, 2020. In attachment 1 of that announcement, the customs duties of products listed in section one and two will be cut from 10% to 5% (such as some meat products, aquatic products, fruit and vegetables), and those listed in section three and four will be changed from 5% to 2.5% (such as some dairy products).
  • Korea MFDS Unveils 2019 Imported Food Report
    According to 2019 imported food report issued by MFDS on Feb. 6, Korean imported food value hit 8100 billion won (approximately 6.86 US dollars) in 2019, representing 2.8% increase than 2018. America, China, Australia, Vietnam and Russia ranked the top 5 in terms of the import value. It is worth noting that the import of livestock products and processed food boast rapid growth while that of agriculture and forestry product, as well as aquatic products drop. The import rejection rate hit 0.18% in 2019, and the leading factor is the violation of food product standard, followed by non-compliant use of food additives and excessive microorganism concentration.
  • Thailand Issued the Measures Monitoring the Pesticide Residues in Fruit and Vegetables
    With reference to the notification issued by Thailand FDA on Feb. 5, the measures for pesticide residue monitoring in fruit and vegetable include: 1. the label and pesticide residues will be checked in import quarantine office, and the importer need to submit toxic substance residue testing document when it import fruit and vegetable each time 2. conduct sampling inspection on pesticide residue label 3. check whether pesticide residues of fruit and vegetables sold in local market is compliant.
  • New Coronavirus Disease Greatly Impacts Vietnam Agricultural Products' Export to China
    On Feb. 3, the Vietnam Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development stated that agricultural products from Vietnam, especially fruit, are largely detained in customs due to the outbreak of new coronavirus disease in China. Additionally it will also negatively impact the export of dairy and aquatic products to China.
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