On July 16, 2021, General Administration of Customs of China (GAC) published the list of non-compliant food products in June.1 A total of 249 batches of imported food from 37 countries/regions were rejected, with a significant increase compared with the past months in 2021.
The largest proportion of non-compliant imported food in June came from Japan (15.7%, mostly snacks), followed by India (14.9%, mostly grain products and spices) and Malaysia (6.8%, mostly aquatic products and condiments). The major reasons for the import rejection were:
Lack of required documents or evidential materials (21%)
Lack of inspection & quarantine permit (14%)
Unqualified food label (13%)
Exceeding the use of food additives/nutritional fortification substances (12%)
The discrepancy between cargo and certificate (7%)
12 batches of dairy products including cheese, yogurt, whey powder and milk powder from multiple countries failed customs clearance in June. Among them, seven batches were rejected due to the lack of required documents or evidential materials. Please check China Dairy Regulations to learn all the required documents or evidential materials when exporting dairy products to China.
Three batches of whey powder from Turkey and Poland were rejected for their protein content failed to meet the national standard. According to GB 11674-2010 Whey Powder and Whey Protein Powder, the protein content of whey protein powder shall reach more than 25 g per 100 g product, and that of demineralized whey powder and non-demineralized whey powder shall hit 10 g and 7 g respectively.
Besides, the other two batches were rejected due to unqualified label and excessive amount of bacteria.
2. Health Supplement
A total of 18 batches of health supplements were rejected in June. Among them, nine batches failed the import for the lack of required documents or evidential materials, four batches for substandard product quality, three batches for unqualified labeling, and the last three batches for excessive yeast, exceeding the use of Vitamin D and exceeding shelf life severally.