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China Consults on New Version of GB 7718 General Standard for the Labeling of Prepackaged Foods

As the third consultation draft of GB 7718, the new draft is quite different from the current version and its two previous drafts. The proposed changes cover a wide range of aspects, such as the application scope, ingredient list, date labeling, food claims, digital labeling, and imported food labeling.

On January 19, 2024, China National Health Commission (NHC) announced to seek public feedbacks for four national food safety standards, including the long-awaited new version of GB 7718 General Standard for the Labeling of Prepackaged Foods. Stakeholders may submit comments via the online system before February 29.

GB 7718 is the overarching regulation for the standardization of food labeling in China, which came into effect in 2011. Since then, China has released several new versions aiming to replace the 2011 version, including the first draft in 2018 and the second draft in 2019. Now after over a decade, China proposed another new draft version, mirroring that we’re one step closer to the final release of the new GB 7718 standard. Compared to the current valid version, the highlights of the new draft can be summarized as the followings:

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