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Implementation Rules for National Food Safety Sampling Inspection Program (2019)

  •   6 Mar 2019
  •    Lennie Tao
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    Takehome:
    • The inspection of health food in tablet form and nutrition supplements for pregnant and lactating women were newly added in the implementation rules 2019.

    After the release of the China Food Safety Sampling Plan 2019 [1], enterprises are awaiting the corresponding implementation rules for this year. However, until now, we haven't seen relevant news on SAMR's official website indicating when details of the implementation would be published.

    Recently, on its public consultation system, the Department of Food Safety Sampling Inspection clarified the issue stating that "only the Food Safety Sampling Plan 2019 will be publically available". This means that SAMR won't publicize the specific implementation rules.
    However, at ChemLinked we were able to use one of our sources to provide us with detailed information on the 2019 version of implementation rules for food safety sampling inspection [2]. The main revisions among 6 important food types are listed below:

    TypeCategoryRevision
    Meat productsPrefabricated meat products
    • Revised sampling quantity ( from 1kg to 600g)
    • Deleted sampling indicators: cadmium, chromium, etc.
    • Newly added indicators: arsenic, etc.
    Cooked meat
    • The definition of cooked meat is newly added
    • The inspection regulation basis of GB 2726-2005 was updated to the latest version
    • Revised sampling quantity (from 3kg to 2kg)
    • Deleted sampling indicators:
    To fermented meat: arsenic, dehydroacetic acid
    To dried meat: arsenic, Carmine
    To smoked or roast meat: lead, cadmium, chromium, arsenic, etc.
    • Newly added inspection indicator: N-Nitrosodimethylamine
    Dairy productsLiquid milk
    • The sampling regulation criteria and the inspection indicators of arsenic and mercury were deleted
    Health food/
    • Revised sampling quantity (from “≥900g or 900mL” to “≥600g or 600mL”)
    • The inspection of health food in tablet form was newly added
    Special dietary foodInfant cereals auxiliary food
    • The inspection criteria of folic acid and pantothenic acid were updated to the latest version
    • Adding the inspection indicators of cadmium, arachidonic acid, etc.
    Nutrition supplements
    • The inspection criteria of folic acid and pantothenic acid were updated to the latest version
    • The inspection of nutrition supplements to pregnant and lactating women was newly added
    FSMP/
    • The inspection criteria of folic acid and pantothenic acid were updated to the latest version
    • Added inspection indicators: molybdenum, fructosan
    • The inspection of lutein was deleted
    Infant formula products/
    • Detailed definition of older infants (7-12 months) and young children (13-36 months)
    • The inspection criteria of folic acid and pantothenic acid were updated to the latest version
    • Newly added inspection indicator: fructosan
    • Analysis of the revision

    As revealed by the sampling plan 2019, SAMR intends to target specific food categories including health food in tablet form and nutritional supplements for pregnant and lactating women.

    Basically, compared to the 2018 version nothing important changed among the six food categories in the 2019 version. Most notable is the revisions of inspection metrics, indicators and sampling quantity to align with Inspection Objects and Items 2019 [4]. The deletion of certain inspection indicators may be related to their low disqualification rate in past years and their low risk.

    Reference Link


    [1] China Food Safety Sampling Plan 2019
    [2] Implementation Rules for the Sample Inspection of National Food Safety (2019)
    [3] Rules for the Sample Inspection of National Food Safety (Edition 2018)
     

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