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China AQSIQ Issue Warnings on Enterprises Engaged in Imported Food Business

  •   8 Jan 2018
  •    Yilia Ye
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    • Incrementally stricter supervision measures in proportion to the severity of the corresponding compliance violation are applied to enterprise found violating China’s safety and compliance requirements when exporting/importing products to China.

    On Dec. 26, 2017, AQSIQ issued warnings on 747 enterprises engaged in imported food and cosmetics business, including 245 overseas manufacturers, 249 foreign exporters, and 253 importers. It means that those enterprises are additionally subject to corresponding supervision measures during customs inspection.

    A wide range of food categories are involved in warnings, including dairy products, honey, wine, meat, and frozen fish. It is worth noting that Camperdown Dairy Company Pty Ltd is listed. It is now obliged to provide a series of additional testing report and documents including a sensory requirements qualification certificate and quantitative testing reports for calcium citrate, coliform units etc.

    Implementation Rules on Adverse Record Management of Imported Food is the major regulatory reference for this warning system. If 1 product type and 1 safety hygienic item is found non-complaint in 2 or more batches of product, enterprises will be warned and subject to rectification requirements. Rectification measures increase in proportion to the severity of the violation and the number of violations. Please refer to attachment 1 of the Implementation Rules for detailed information.

    Safety hygienic item*: non-edible supplements, prohibited and limited substances, biotoxic contamination, excessive use of food additives, microbial contamination, contaminant, transgenic ingredients, pesticide and veterinary drug residues, irradiation.

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