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China Unveils 38 National Food Safety Standard Drafts

NHC releases a total of 38 GB standard drafts, covering jelly, FSMP, FCM, complementary baby foods, fermented alcoholic beverage and contaminant levels.

On February 13, 2023, the Department of Food Safety Standards, Risk Surveillance and Assessment under China National Health Commission (NHC) released the exposure drafts of 38 national food safety standards, which include 12 newly established standards, 21 newly revised standards, and 5 amendment sheets. These drafts mainly cover standards for contaminant limits, food products, nutritional fortification substance, foods for special dietary use, food additives and food-related products. All drafts are available for public comments prior to March 20, 2023.

12 Newly Established GB Standard drafts

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GB ××××-×××× Nutritional Fortification Substance Heme Iron

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GB ××××-×××× Nutritional Fortification Substance L-Methionine (L-Methionine)

3

GB ××××-×××× Nutritional Fortification Substance L-Lysine Aspartate

4

GB ××××-×××× Code of Practice for the Prevention and Reduction of PCDD/Fs and PCBs in Foods

5

GB ××××-×××× Determination of Trivalent Chromium and Hexavalent Chromium in Foods

6

GB ××××-×××× Determination of Fluorine Migration in Food Contact Materials and Articles

7

GB ××××-×××× Determination of BPA, BPF and BPS in Foods

8

GB ××××-×××× Determination of Fluorine in Foods

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GB ××××-×××× Determination of Urease in Foods

10

GB ××××-×××× Determination of Yeast β-Glucan in Foods

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GB ××××-×××× Determination of Osmotic Pressure in Foods

12

GB ××××-×××× Procedures for Evaluating the Safety of Bacterial Cultures for Food Use

21 newly revised standard drafts

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GB 2762-×××× Maximum Levels of Contaminants in Foods 4.8 Nitrite

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GB 2758-×××× Fermented Alcoholic drinks and their Integrated Alcoholic Beverages

3

GB 22557-×××× Nutritional Fortification Substance Sodium Iron (III) Ethylenediamineteraacetate, Trihydrate

4

GB 25596-×××× General Rules of Infant Formula for Special Medical Purposes

5

GB 10769-×××× Cereal-based Complementary Foods for Infants and Young Children

6

GB 10770-×××× Canned Complementary Foods for Infants and Young Children

7

GB 26405-×××× Food Additive Lutein

8

GB 28308-×××× Food Additive Vegetable Carbon Black

9

GB 14930.2-×××× General Safety Requirements for Disinfectant to be Used in Foods

10

GB 5009.49-×××× Determination of Formaldehyde in Foods

11

GB 5009.137-×××× Determination of Antimony in Foods

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GB 29989-×××× Determination of L-carnitine in Foods

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GB 5009.120-×××× Determination of Propionic Acid and Its Salts in Foods

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GB 5009.256-×××× Determination of Various Phosphates in Foods

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GB 5009.229-×××× Determination of Acid Value in Foods

16

GB 5009.42-×××× Determination of Edible Salt Indicators in Foods

17

GB 31604.31-×××× Determination for Residue and Migration of Vinyl Chloride, 1,1-Dichloroethene and 1,1-Dichloroethane in Food Contact Materials and Articles

18

GB 4789.3-×××× Food Microbiological Examination for the Counting of Coliforms

19

GB 4789.42-×××× Food Microbiological Examination for Norovirus

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GB 4789.30-×××× Food Microbiological Examination for Listeria Monocytogenes

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GB 4789.38-×××× Food Microbiological Examination for the Counting of Escherichia Coli

 5 proposed amendment sheets

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GB 19299-2015 Jelly

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GB 9685-2016 Standard for the Uses of Additives in Food Contact Materials and Articles

3

GB 12456-2021 Determination of Total Acid in Foods

4

GB 5009.83-2016 Determination of Carotene in Foods

5

GB 5009.111-2016 Determination of Deoxynivalenol and Its Acetyl Derivatives in Foods

Noteworthy GB Standards

  • Find more details in articles analyzing important GB standard drafts

a. Fermented Alcoholic Drink: China Consults on GB 2758 National Standards for Fermented Alcoholic Drink and Their Integrated Alcoholic Beverage Thereof, Affecting Beer, Wine and Fruit Wine

b. FCM: China NHC to Amend GB 9685-2016 Standard for the Use of Additives in Food Contact Materials and Articles

c. Complementary baby food: China to Revise the GB Standards for Complementary Baby Food

d. FSMP for infants: China to Revise GB 25596 General Rules of Infant Formula for Special Medical Purposes

e. Bacterial cultures: China Consults on Procedures for Evaluating the Safety of Bacterial Cultures for Food Use 

  • Proposed GB standard for maximum levels of nitrite in foods 

This drafted standard is developed as a replacement of Part 4.8 Nitrite of GB 2762-2022 Maximum Levels of Contaminants in Foods. Compared with current requirements for nitrite limits, the draft revises the nitrite limit for packaged drinking water (except drinking natural mineral water) from 0.005 mg/L to 0.1 mg/L. Besides, it establishes the nitrite limit for edible bird's nest as 30 mg/kg.

  • Draft amendment to GB standard for jelly

The authority drafts an amendment sheet for GB 19299-2015 Jelly in which the definition for jelly is expanded. The new definition includes more common raw materials such as starch sugar and egg products. Jelly products must be added with two or more raw materials to avoid jelly containing only water and food additives. In addition to the raw materials listed in definition, it is allowed to use other food raw materials conforming to food safety standards, such as coffee powder.

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