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).
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.
Russian Dairy Products Will Export to China as Planned
With reference to dairy news (Russian media) on Feb. 3, director of Moscow agriculture department stated that the dairy products and other products will export to China as planned although the infection of new coronavirus is serious in China. Currently the enterprises involves export business to China include: Laguna Coyle，Clean Line，Campina，Ehrmann，Lactalis Istra，Mosselprom and Petelinsky Poultry Farm