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China Finalizes Provisions for Food Safety Traceability System

  •   6 Apr 2017
  •    Rachel Shen
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    • The provisions for establishing food safety traceability system for food manufacturers and traders have been finalized, which includes detailed requirements for recording product information for manufacturers, distributors, and catering enterprises, etc.

    On Apr. 1, 2017, China CFDA released the finalized version of “Provisions on Establishing Food Safety Traceability System for Food Manufacturers and Traders” (see CL news report for the draft version from here).

    This new regulation is not applicable to manufacturers and traders of special foods (including infant formula, health food, and foods for special medical purpose), homemade food or any unpacked foods, which will be formulated separately later.

    Food manufacturers and traders are required to record all the information during the whole process of production, sale, transportation & storage, recall, etc., and should keep records of relevant product information not less than 6 months as of the expiration date. For products without specific expiration date, all records shall be kept for not less than 2 years.

    It is indicated in the new regulation that the establishment of traceability system for important food categories including rice, wheat flour, infant formula, edible vegetable oil, and spirits should be prioritized and basically completed by the year of 2020.

    Detailed rules for establishing traceability system for infant formula and edible vegetable oil have already been released with more requirements on the specific food category (see relevant CL news report for the traceability system of infant formula and edible vegetable oil).

    Reference link

    CFDA No. 39 (2017) Announcement

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