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.