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China’s New Food Safety Law: Building on the Foundations

  •   11 Nov 2015
  •    Echo Cao
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    After the new Food Safety Law was issued, China CFDA working with other relevant departments has devoted itself to analyzing the suitability of the current regulations, administrative measures, rules and guidance documents in aiding efficient and effective implementation of the new FSL and fostering a supportive and effective regulatory environment. A plan to formulate new and amend existing regulations etc. will see more than 30 food regulations and rules developed according to Mr. Li Weixing from CFDA during the “China Food Health Seven-Star Contention Alliance: Seminar” organized by Ecolab. So far CFDA has finished the following regulations or drafts:





    Implementing rules for the new FSL

    the internal draft is ready and will be issued for public consultation soon

    Food operation

    Administration Measures for Food Operation License

    effective from 1 Oct 2015

    Food production

    Administrative Measures for Food Production License

    effective from 1 Oct 2015

    On-line food

    Administrative Measures for Supervision on Operation of Foods Sold on the Internet


    FSMP registration

    Administrative Measures for Registration of Foods for Special Medical Purpose


    Infant formula registration

    Administration Measures for Registration of Infant Formula Formulations


    Health food

    Administrative Measures for Registration and Filing of Health Foods


    Administrative Measures on Health Food Raw Material Directory and Health Function Directory


    Administrative Measures on Health Food Labeling


    Administrative Provisions on Nutrient Supplements


    Requirements on Nutrient Supplements Dossiers


    Food testing/post-market surveillance

    Administrative Measures for Food Safety Sampling and Inspection

    Effective from 1 Feb 2015

    Food recall

    Administrative Measures for Food Recall


    The detailed work of updating regulations for imported foods will be undertaken by AQSIQ. Overseas companies should pay special attentions to the following three regulatory updates:

    In addition to these amendments China’s NHFPC is also still in the process of consolidating the National Food Safety Standard System (see CL Food News on 9 Nov 2015). 



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