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138 Batches of Imported Food Were Rejected by China Customs in Feb. 2021

Two batches of cheese were rejected due to excessive yeast amount. However, as the latest GB standard removes the maximum level of yeast and mould, cheese will be subject to lower market access threshold after the implementation of the new GB standard.

As revealed by the GAC announcement issued on Mar. 29, 138 batches of food products imported from 29 countries/regions were rejected in Feb 2021. The majority of rejections were associated with aquaculture products, wine & beverage, and meat products. The main reasons for the rejections were:

  • Unqualified food label

  • Excessive use of food additive

  • Lack of inspection & quarantine permit

  • Lack of materials or certificates as required




Two batches of cheese products from the Netherlands were rejected due to excessive yeast amount. It is noteworthy that the latest GB standard for cheese (GB 5420-2021) removes the maximum level of yeast, and only specifies the coliform standard in terms of microorganism level. Once the standard comes into effect on Nov. 22, 2021, the market access threshold for cheese will be lower.

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