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China Customs Rejected 260 Batches of Imported Foods in August 2022

Two batches of dairy products, three batches of baby food and eight batches of health supplements were rejected by China customs in August of 2022.

On September 20, 2022, General Administration of Customs of China (GACC) published the list of non-compliant food products in August of 2022. A total of 260 batches of imported food from 39 countries/regions were rejected.

Most non-compliant imported food in August came from Japan (20%, mostly alcohol products), followed by Vietnam (8%, mostly seafood and coffee) and the U.S. (7%, mostly sports nutrition products). The major reasons for the import rejection were:

  • Unqualified certificates (17.7%)

  • Lack of required documents or evidential materials (17.3%)

  • Unqualified labeling (14.2%)

  • Discrepancy between cargo and certificate (10.4%)

  • Microorganism contamination (9.2%)

Noteworthy Products 

1. Dairy products 

Two batches of French cheese failed customs clearance in August. One was rejected for excessive coliform bacteria, and the other was for the discrepancy between cargo and certificate. Check Chinese Mainland Dairy Regulation for the related compliance issues.

2. Baby food

Three batches of cereal-based complementary baby food from Turkey were rejected in August, all for unqualified labeling. For labeling requirements for complementary baby food, please refer to GB 10769-2010 Cereal-based Complementary Foods for Infants and Young Children and GB 10770-2010 Canned Complementary Foods for Infants and Young Children.

3. Health supplements 

A total of eight batches of health supplements were rejected. Six batches were from Taiwan, China, and the rest two were from Japan and the U.S. Most of them failed due to unqualified labeling. For the labeling requirements for health supplements, please check the labeling part of Chinese Mainland Health Food Regulation.

More analysis on customs clearance in 2022 can be found below:

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