Monthly Digest: China Food Sector in Feb 2020 Keywords: Contactless delivery, Charity, Supply-side pressure, Pork price, Decline in importation
Big-Data and Digitalization is Transforming Decision Making in China’s Beverage Sector In recent years, China has spawned a large number of franchises and tea/beverage/coffee chains. Big data helps key decision-makers to make smarter choices on product development, pricing, labeling, store site selection, user experience optimization, etc.
Competition Heating up Between China’s Top 3 Snack Food Giants This week, two significant events transpired in China’s snack food market involving two of the major players.
China Consults on Ten New FCM Additives and Four New Food Additives On February 18th and 20th, 2020, CFSA opened ten new FCM additives and four new food additives to public feedback.
Taiwan and Australia Agree on Mutual Acceptance of Organic Food Certification As revealed by the official notice released on February 21, 2020, a new bilateral organic certification equivalency arrangement (Chinese/English version) between Taiwan and Australia came into effect on January 23, 2020.
  • Japan Revises Food Labeling Act
    On Jan. 17, 2020, Japan Consumer Affairs Agency (CAA) announced the revised draft to “Food Labeling Act”, which amended the labeling requirement of food containing specified ingredients; added raw buffalo milk in the scope of "milk" in Japan; revised the representation method of the product date of polished rice products and added the label of "imported date of polished rice"; changed the judgment of the relevant threshold values of "low" nutrients and calories to "insufficient" or "below". Any opinions shall be sent prior to Feb 15, 2020.
  • Japan Revises Pesticide Residue Regulations
    On Fed. 25, 2020, Japan MHLW announced the amendments to "Specifications and Standards for Food and Food Additives", which mainly revised the residue limit of 5 pesticides and veterinary drugs in food. They are afidopyropen, oxpoconazole fumarate, salinomycin (an veterinary drug and feed additive), fluazinam and flubendiamide. This revision is implemented as of the release date. However, some of them will come into effect six months later. For more translation service, please email
  • Taiwan Issues the Test Method for Heavy Metal in Beverage and Dairy Products
    On Feb 27, 2020, Taiwan issued the "Test Method for Heavy Metal in Beverage and Dairy Products", which came into effect on the same day. It applies to the determination of arsenic, lead and copper in beverages; antimony in beverages packaged with PET materials; and lead content in dairy products. For more translation service, please email
  • GAC to Conditionally Lift the 30-Month Age Limit on U.S. Imported Beef and Beef Products
    As revealed by the GAC Notice No. 2020-34 released on Feb 24th, 2020, GAC conditionally lift the 30-month age limit on U.S. imported beef and beef products, which came into effect on the same day. A seperate notice about its specific inspection and quarantine requirements will be formulated and published afterwards.
  • GAC Registration Updates of U.S. Infant Formula and Dairy Manufacturer Approvals
    On Feb 24, 2020, GAC renews the manufacturer registration updates of U.S. infant formula enterprises and dairy enterprises. View more at Flist.
  • China Consults on GB/T 27588 The General Quality Principles for Integrated Alcoholic Beverages
    Any opinions shall be sent via email or fax prior to March 17, 2020. For more translation service or any help, please email
  • MAFRA Opens the KS Certifying of Senior Friendly Food
    On Feb 21, 2020, MAFRA released the notice to open the KS certifying for enterprises that meet the industry standard, or standards above, of senior friendly food.
  • PepsiCo Plans to Purchase Be&Cheery for Around USD 705 million
    PepsiCo Inc has agreed to buy Chinese snack brand Be&Cheery from local jujube maker Haoxiangni Health Food for $705 million, as revealed by the Haoxiangni Notice released on Feb 23, 2020.
  • China Postpones the Onsite Inspection of Special Food Registration
    On Feb 21, 2020, China CFE released the notice to put off the onsite inspection during the review of special food registration, due to the breakout of COVIR-2019.
  • China Lifts the Ban on the Import of American Pet Food Containing Ruminants Feedstuffs
    According to announcement jointly issued by GAC and MOARA on Feb. 19, 2020, the restriction stipulated in 2001 No. 143 announcement (jointly issued by former MOA & AQSIQ) is lifted and now China allows the importation of pet food containing ruminants feedstuffs from America as long as it is compliant with Chinese regulation. This announcement came to effect since the date of promulgation.
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Jul 2020
Jun 2020
Hi & Fi Asia-China 2020 NECC, Shanghai, China
Jun 2020
5th Nutraceutical and Functional Food Asia Pacific Summit 2020 Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, Singapore
Apr 2020
Food & Beverage Innovation Forum 2020 (FBIF2020) Hangzhou International Expo Center
Mar 2020
Mar 2020
Plastics Regulations Pullman Cologne, Cologne, Germany
Jan 2020
CBBC Food & Drink Policy Briefing 17F British Centre Shanghai, 968 West Beijing Road, Jing’an District, Shanghai
Dec 2019
Hi & Fi Guangzhou 2019 PWTC Expo, Guangzhou, China
Dec 2019
Dec 2019
Agrofood & Plastprintpack West Africa Accra International Conference Centre, Ghana
Dec 2019
Dec 2019
Fi Europe & Ni Parc des expositions Paris Nord Villepinte, ZAC Paris Nord 2, 93420 Villepinte, France
Nov 2019
Nov 2019
ChemLinked Food Regulatory Conference - Oceania 2019 PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia
Nov 2019
3rd Global Human Nutrition and Wellness Forum 2019 Falkenstein Grand Kempinski, Frankfurt, Germany
Nov 2019
2019 Global Dairy Forum Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) China
Nov 2019
ChemLinked is invited to speak at 2019 FHC International Import and Export Meat Forum Booth #N3G80, Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) China
Nov 2019
Global Summit on Healthcare and Nutrition (Nutrition Congress 2019) Novotel Melbourne on Collins 270 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia