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SAMR Consults on Food Safety Sampling Inspection Management Method

  •   15 Feb 2019
  •    Lennie Tao
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    • China issued a draft of sampling inspection management method.
    • The inspection of food sold online is included for the first time.

    On Feb. 2nd, 2019, China SAMR released [1] the Food Safety Sampling Inspection Management Method [2] for public feedback. The public can visit this Opinion Solicitation System [3] to check the draft. Any comments shall be sent back prior to March 4, 2019.

    Main revisions compared to the original version [4]:

    • The competent authority has been changed from CFDA to SAMR
    • Further specified responsibilities and implementation measures 
    E.g. SAMR shall set up a food safety inspection supervision system (Rule 8); local SAMR authorities shall supervise the sampling inspection (Rule 14); measures for authorities to verify the disposal and supervise the food production operators are newly formed (Rule 51).
    • Detailed inspection content
    E.g. the expression "staple and auxiliary food" was changed into "health food, FSMP and infant formula food" (Rule 13); the inspection procedure and implementation measures for online food were newly formulated (Rule 17 & 21).
    • Specific procedures and time during the inspection and reexamination stage have been revised.
    E.g. Applicants can submit the written re-examination application within 7 working days (previously 5 working days in the 2015 edition.)
    • Legal liability for food production operators and SAMR officials are included.

    Reference Link

    [1] SAMR Notice
    [2] Food Safety Sampling Inspection Management Method (Draft)
    [3] Opinion Solicitation System
    [4] Food Safety Sampling Inspection Management Method (2015)

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