The Promotion of Functional Health Food is Subject to More Stringent Supervision in South Korea
According to guideline issued by KHSA on Mar. 27, the competent authority stated that it is prohibited to underscore the function of common food ingredients used in functional health food. However, considering the cost for package re-printing, this requirement was granted a grace period to Jan. 1, 2022.
Chinese Pharmacopoeia Commission Consults on National Drug Standards, 19 Ingredients Used both for Health Food and Drug Included
On Mar. 25, Chinese Pharmacopoeia Commission unveiled the exposure draft of national drug standards for drug ingredients, including American ginseng, honeysuckle, astragalus membranaceus and etc. These ingredients can be used in health food as well and the standards will be significant regulatory references when they are applied in health food.
Hainan Unveils the List of Disposable and Non-degradable Plastic Products Prohibited from Production and Sales
On Mar. 23, Hainan Ecological Environment Department released the "List of Non-Degradable Plastic Products Prohibited from Production and Sales in Hainan province (the first batch)". Plastic bag, talewares and etc. are included and it comes to effect on Dec. 1, 2020
Seven American Pet Food Manufacturers Obtained Market Access Approval to China
On Mar. 25, China GAC updated the list of pet food manufacturers approved in China, where 7 American pet food enterprises are newly included.
Two Batches Products Fails the FSMP Registration in China
As revealed by NMPA announcement issued on Mar. 25, 1 batch of FSMP for infants and 1 batch nutritionally complete formula food have not been granted product registration approval. Both of them are domestic products.
South Korea is Proposed to Revise Organic Food Requirements
On Mar. 23, MFDS announced the proposed revision to "Enforcement Rule of Act on the Promotion of Environment-Friendly Agriculture and Fisheries and the Management of and Support for Organic Foods, Etc". The competent authority will stipulate the detailed certification standard and labeling requirements for processed food made by ingredients without pesticide reidue. Additionally the organic certification standard and its labeling requirements will be specified.
South Korea Revises Food Additives Code
As revealed by MFDS 2020-18 announcement issued on Mar. 20, South Korea amended the usage standard of 4 colourants in food, including Food Red No.3, Food Red No.40, Food Blue No.1 and Food Yellow No.4. They are newly allowed to be used in coffee, whose maxmum usage level shall be less than 0.1 g/kg. When these 4 colourants are simultaneously applied, their usage amount shall be less than 0.1 g/kg as well.
China GAC Facilitates Customs Clearance of Food
On Mar 19th, General Administration of Customs announced the List of Measures Controlling and Preventing COVID-19 Epidemic and Facilitating Customs Clearance. The List encourages to expand imports of food and agricultural products to ensure supply. It also declares to open up green channels at main ports, implement 24-hour customs clearance appointment, and grant inspection priority to food and agricultural products. Since Feb 1st, GAC has newly approved 14 animal and plant products, including fish oil, fish meal, and feed additives from 7 countries. 13 kinds of food products (including meat, aquatic and dairy products) and over 600 enterprises from US, Costa Rica and etc. granted registration approval in China. During this period, China has imported 367,000 tons of dairy products with a year-on-year growth of 38.3%, 707,000 tons of pork, beef and mutton with a year-on-year growth of 115.5%.
China Consults on National Food Safety Standard of Walnut Quality Grade
On Mar 19th, National Technical Committee on Economic Forest Products Standardization Administration opened Walnut Quality Grade for public feedback. Any comments shall be sent back prior to Apr. 15th, 2020.
South Korea MFDS Revised Regulation on Declaration and Inspections of Imported Livestock Products
On Mar. 18th, MFDS released a revision notice of Regulation on Declaration and Inspections of Imported Livestock Products. There are five major changes in this notice, and two of them are listed below. First, it adds “product that went through precise inspection in its first importation and is imported again within five years afterwards” in the definition of “the same animal product from the same company”. Second, it adds seven substances that should not be detected in food, which are gentian violet (crystal violet), methylene blue, norfloxacin, ofloxacin, pefloxacin, roxarsone, arsanilic acid.