Food Compliance
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China Animal Food Regulation
Jul 18, 2024
Lennie Tao
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CONTENTS

1. Product Classification

This pedia applies to the compliance of pet food and the feed for other animals (hereinafter other animal feed / other animal food). 

    Product typePet foodOther animal food
    Classification
    1. Pet compound feed (products like the staple food for pets)

    2. Pet additive premix feed (products like the nutrition supplement for pets)

    3. Other pet food (pet treats & chews)

    1. Feed, including the following five subcategories: single feed; feed additive premix; concentrate feed; complete feed; supplementary concentrate

    2. Feed additive: nutritional feed additive and general feed additive

    2. Competent authority

    Competent authority

    Responsibility

    General Administration of Customs of China (GACC)

    • Customs inspection, quarantine, and declaration

    • Overseas food manufacturer registration

    Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affair (MARA)

    • Regulation drafting for feed

    • Release of permitted ingredient catalogs

    • Imported feed product registration (MARA registration)

    Local feed management authority

    Market supervision

    3. Market access approval

    3.1 Import permit at state level

    Please follow the negative and positive lists below.

    Negative list:

    Positive list:

    Read more at GACC official website.

    3.2 Overseas manufacturer registration

    Before selling animal food, including both pet food and other animal food, to China, manufacturers shall get themselves registered with GACC. Lists of approved manufacturers and permitted products thereof can be found in the lists given in Point 2.1. Only permitted products from registered manufacturers in approved countries can be exported to China.

    3.3 Inspection and quarantine

    Animal food may also subject to inspection and quarantine requirements. Products subject to quarantine certificates can be found in this document.

    3.4 Exporter and importer filing

    Overseas exporters (or their agents) and importers in China dealing with animal food importation business shall log into this system and get themselves filed with GACC.

    3.5 MARA registration

    In addition, the following feed products shall get themselves registered with MARA prior to the importation. For new feeds and new feed additives, they shall also obain the MARA registration certificate.

    Product typePet foodOther animal food
    Subcatagories subject to MARA registration
    1. Pet compound feed

    2. Pet additive premix feed

    1. Feed, including the following five subcategories: single feed; feed additive premix; concentrate feed; complete feed; supplementary concentrate

    2. Feed additive: nutritional feed additive and general feed additive

      4. Product compliance

      4.1 Ingredient

      The use of feed materials and feed additives shall be subject to Feed material catalogue and Feed additive catalogue, which are two key positive lists for feed ingredients. For substances beyond such catalogues, overseas enterprises can apply for the MARA registration for these new feeds and new feed additives. Please note that, as per the regulation in China, the ingredients shall be compliant in both China and the corresponding overseas country.

      Product typePet foodOther animal food
      Legal basis

      4.2 Hygiene

      The regulations below mainly set the limit level for contaminants and their test methods.

      Product typePet foodOther animal food
      Legal basis

      Provisions on the Hygiene of Pet Foods

      GB 13078 Feed sanitation standard

      4.3 Label

      Regulations listed in the table below are the key legal basis for products' label compliance. In addition, regulations like Regulation on the Administration of Feeds and Feed Additives and Administrative Measures for the Inspection and Quarantine of Imported and Exported Feed and Feed Additives have set some overall labeling requirements for feed and feed additives.

      Product typePet foodOther animal food
      Legal basisProvisions on the Labeling of Pet Foods in China

      GB 10648 Feed labelingstandard

      More compliance details can be found in ChemLinked free webinar: 

      5. Feed and Pet Food Registration Service

      We have been equipped with a professional technician team to provide a one-stop registration service with expertise and efficiency. Our services include:

      • Review product composition

      • Provide application material checklist and detailed requirements

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      • Submit application and track the progress

      • Contact official laboratory for sample tests

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