Agricultural Import Regulations

An Expert's View about Law and Compliance in China

Last updated: 25 Feb 2011

This report is an index of all agricultural product import regulations and standards translated and published by the Agricultural Affairs Office at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing through July 2010.

THIS REPORT CONTAINS ASSESSMENTS OF COMMODITY AND TRADE ISSUES MADE BY USDA STAFF AND NOT NECESSARILY STATEMENTS OF OFFICIAL U.S. GOVERNMENT POLICY Required Report - public distribution Date: 8/24/2010 GAIN Report Number: CH10046 China - Peoples Republic of Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative FAIRS Country Report Approved By: Michael Woolsey Prepared By: Mark Petry, Wu Bugang, and Kirsten Rasmussen Report Highlights: This report is an index of all agricultural product import regulations and standards translated and published by the Agricultural Affairs Office at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing through July 2010. Updated sections include: food laws, labeling requirements, food additive regulations, pesticides and other contaminants, multiple commodity regulations, and commodity specific regulations. Section I. Food Laws: Table of Contents * I. Food Laws * II. Labeling Requirements III. Packaging and container requirements * IV. Food Additive Regulations * V. Pesticides and Other Contaminants * VI. Multiple Commodity Regulations and Requirements * Major Laws, Measures, Regulations, and Provisions Tariff Rate Quota (TRQ) Rules, Regulations, and Reports Transgenic Agricultural Product Rules, Regulations, and Measures * Maximum Limits for Micronutrients and Chemical Elements in Foods * VII. Commodity Specific Regulations or Standards * Cotton, Oilseeds, Tobacco, and Planting Seeds * Dairy, Livestock, and Poultry * Fisheries and Forestry Products * Grain and Feed Horticultural and Tropical Products Processed Products VIII. Copyright and/or Trademark Laws IX. Import Procedures Appendix I. Government Regulatory Agency Contacts Appendix II. Other Import Specialist Contacts Report Format This report is the China Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards (FAIRS) Working Index. It is a working index of all regulations and standards pertaining to food and agricultural imports that have been translated by the Agricultural Affairs Office of the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. Each regulation and standard is now contained in a separate report on the GAIN system. These reports can be accessed on the Foreign Agricultural Service web site at "www.fas.usda.gov" under the Attaché Reports section. Readers can search for reports of interest by name or document number (CHXXXX). Please check the FAS web site periodically for the most current FAIRS Working Index. Changes since the last Working Index are noted with an asterisk ?*? and are in red font. Please note that these translations are UNOFFICIAL and should be used as guidelines only. Exporters are advised to thoroughly discuss all regulatory and implementation details with their PRC customers, and to keep in mind that the Chinese regulatory system is not always predictable. Many regulations are short on detail, and interpretations can differ from port to port and from government ministry to ministry. The date next to the report is the publication date of the Chinese version that has been translated. For answers to specific questions, U.S. exporters are encouraged to contact any of the FAS offices in China, or the Foreign Agricultural Service in Washington, DC. Contact Information is on the following page. Disclaimer This report was prepared by the Office of Agricultural Affairs of the USDA/Foreign Agricultural Service in Beijing China for U.S. exporters of domestic food and agricultural products. While every possible care was taken in the preparation of this report, information provided may not be completely accurate either because policies have changed since its preparation, or because clear and consistent information about these policies was not available. It is highly recommended that U.S. exporters verify the full set of import requirements with their foreign customers, who are normally best equipped to research such matters with local authorities, before any goods are shipped. FINAL IMPORT APPROVAL OF ANY PRODUCT IS SUBJECT TO THE IMPORTING COUNTRY'S RULES AND REGULATIONS AS INTERPRETED BY BORDER OFFICIALS AT THE TIME OF PRODUCT ENTRY. * Final Food Safety Law Implementation Measures ? CH9066 http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/Final%20Food%20Safety%20Law%20Imple mentation%20Measures_Beijing_China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_8-14-2009.pdf Translated version: July 20, 2009 China?s National People?s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee passed the first comprehensive Food Safety Law (FSL) after five years of drafting; the first draft was read in December 2007. The FSL went into effect on June 1, 2009. On April 24, the State Council published the first set of implementation regulations related to the new law (CH9040). Following a public comment period, the final implementation regulations were published on July 20, 2009 to go into force immediately. Many other regulations and implementing measures have been released following the publication of the final food safety law (CH9019). The following reports touches on various measures relating to trade that have been released as unofficial English translations from the Office of Agricultural Affairs Beijing: Food Safety Law and its implementation regulations (CH9018, CH9019, CH9040), Ministry of Health draft regulations (CH9051) and quarantine regulations on import food and feed (CH9065). Neither the Food Safety Law nor any associated regulations have been notified to the World Trade Organization. * MOH Circular on Food Safety Law ? CH9078 http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/MOH%20Circular%20on%20Food%20Safet y%20Law_Beijing_China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_9-28-2009.pdf Translated version: June 5, 2009 The Ministry of Health issued ?Circular on the Relevant Issues on Implementation of the Food Safety Law?. The circular provides general instruction to relevant government organizations on executing the new law. Food Safety Law-CH9019 http://www.fas.usda.gov/gainfiles/200903/146327461.pdf Translated version in February 2009 China?s National People?s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee passed the first comprehensive Food Safety Law (FSL) after five years of drafting; the first draft was read in December 2007. The FSL will go into effect on June 1, 2009. For the first time, the Chinese Government uses Western terminology in calling for food safety regulation ?from the production line to the dining table.? Key organizational provisions create a state-level Food Safety Commission to oversee food-safety monitoring. Other key provisions deal with supervision, monitoring, enforcement, recall, trace back, licensing, registration, and development of standards and regulations. A complete analysis of this law is provided in GAIN Report CH9018. Regulations on the Implementation of Food Safety Law of the People?s Republic of China (Draft)- CH9040 http://www.fas.usda.gov/gainfiles/200905/146347786.pdf Translated version in April 2009 China?s National People?s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee passed the first comprehensive Food Safety Law (FSL) after five years of drafting; the first draft was read in December 2007. The FSL will go into effect on June 1, 2009. On April 24, the State Council published the first set of implementation regulations related to the new law. The Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council (SCALO) is seeking public comments on this regulation by May 4, 2009. Law on Farm Product Quality and Safety ? CH6095 Translated version: April 29, 2006 The National People?s Congress (NPC) approved and issued the law on ?Farm Product Quality and Safety? in April 2006 and it took effect November 1, 2006. In a bid to eliminate systematic food safety concerns, this law outlines food product quality and safety responsibilities for each level of government. The new legislation also emphasizes that all producers that market a product, even small farmers, must meet basic Chinese food safety and quality criteria. The law relates to all existing standards and technical regulations, but focuses on clarifying inspection and enforcement responsibilities. Food Hygiene Law - CH1042 Translated version: October 30, 1995 WTO Announcement: G/SPS/N/CHN/P/6 This law governs hygiene for all food, food additives, food containers, packaging materials, instruments, equipment, detergents and disinfectants, as well as food production and marketing operations, locations, and facilities. The Public Health Administration of the State Council is the statutory authority responsible for this law. In addition, these measures establish an application system for the use of transgenic food and food ingredients in food manufacturing or processing along with an evaluation system for transgenic food quality and safety. The measures require transgenic foods and foods made from transgenic materials to be labeled. Finally, the measures introduce a monitoring system for processors or manufacturers of foods using transgenic ingredients or raw materials. The Ministry of Health has not issued the "Implementation Measures for Transgenic Food Hygiene" nor the "Transgenic Food Catalogue." Section II. Labeling Requirements: * Labeling of Prepackaged Foods - CH10021 http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/Labeling%20of%20Prepackaged%20Foods_ Beijing_China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_5-5-2010.pdf Translated version: April 21, 2010 China notified the WTO of the ?National Food Safety Standard for the Labeling of Prepackaged Foods? as TBT/N/CHN/733. This ?standard prescribes the basic requirements for the labeling of pre-packaged foods. It applies to the labeling of all pre-packaged foods directly or indirectly offered to consumers. This standard does not apply to the labeling of food package for transportation or marking of food in bulk?. The date for submission of final comments to the WTO was June 21, 2010. * Nutrition Labeling ? CH10022 http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/Nutrition%20Labeling_Beijing_China%20- %20Peoples%20Republic%20of_5-5-2010.pdf Translated version: April 21, 2010 China notified the WTO of the ?National Food Safety Standard for Nutrition Labeling of Prepackaged Foods? as TBT/N/CHN/734. This measure ?prescribes the basic principles and requirements for the nutrition labeling and claims on pre-packaged foods directly offered to consumers. This standard applies to the description and explanation of nutrition information on nutrition labeling of pre-packaged foods.? * Feed Labeling Requirements ? CH9083 http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/Feed%20Labeling%20Requirements_Beijin g_China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_10-15-2009.pdf Translated version: August 24, 2009 AQSIQ published Announcement 372 on the implementation of Decree No. 118 of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People?s Republic of China (AQSIQ) on the Supervision and Management Measures for the Inspection and Quarantine of Import and Export Feed and Feed Additives. Decree 118 was published as GAIN report CH9071 and Announcement 372 released as CH9083. These regulations went into force on September 1. This report contains Annex 1 to the Announcement 372, outlining labeling requirements for feeds and feed additives exported to China. The original Chinese version is at the following address: http://dzwjyjgs.aqsiq.gov.cn/rdgz/200908/t20090828_125350.html National Standard for Labeling of Flavorings-CH9043 http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/General%20Requirement%20for%20the%20 Labeling%20of%20Flavorings_Beijing_China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_9-25-2009.pdf WTO announcement- TBT/N/CHN/571 Translated version on March 27, 2009 This standard specifies the requirements for the labeling of flavorings and the contents that should be marked. By reference to GB 7718-2004 General Standard for the Labeling of Prepackaged Foods and Measures for the Hygienic Administration of Food Additives, the drafters suggest that this standard was created on the basis of the practice of the flavoring industry. China Notifies Draft Nutrition Labeling Regulation ? CH8004 WTO announcement: G/TBT/N/CHN/313 and G/SPS/N/CHN/102 Translated version: January 17, 2008 China recently published a second draft food nutrition labeling regulation that contains changes that would impact domestic and foreign manufacturers. The first draft was submitted for domestic comment (GAIN CH7074) and subsequently dually notified to the WTO as G/TBT/N/CHN/313 and G/SPS/N/CHN/102 with substantial additional changes. Food nutrition labeling regulations are de facto mandatory for all packaged food sold in China and this draft contains changes that could require alterations to existing labeling content and format. This report contains an UNOFFICIAL TRANSLATION that should be used for reference purposes only. China Releases Draft Nutrition Labeling Regulation ? CH7074 China recently published a draft food nutrition labeling regulation that contains changes that would impact domestic and foreign manufacturers. Food nutrition labeling regulations are de facto mandatory for all packaged food sold in China and this draft contains changes that would require alterations to existing labeling content and format. The informal translation provided in this report is a draft published for the solicitation of comments from domestic Chinese food manufacturers and industry. China Streamlines Food Label Approval Process ? CH6020 The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine (AQSIQ) released Announcement No. 44 2006, ?Adjustment of Import/Export Food and Cosmetic Label Examination System.? As of April 1, 2006, the Announcement eliminates the need for a separate, preliminary examination and approval of labels used on imported and exported foods and the fee associated with that review. The label will be approved as part of CIQ?s other inspection responsibilities at the port of entry. DRAFT National Standard for the Labeling of Prepackaged Alcoholic Beverages ? CH5006 WTO Announcement: G/TBT/N/CHN/72 from January 10, 2005 Translated version: January 10, 2005 China notified its DRAFT National Standard for the Labeling of Prepackaged Alcoholic Beverages (GB10344). This Standard replaces the previous edition from 1989. The Standard applies to alcoholic beverages with alcohol content between 0.5 percent and 60 percent alcohol content by volume; including fermented alcoholic beverages, distilled spirits, blended alcoholic beverages. DRAFT National Standard for Special Nutritional Food Labeling ? CH4027 WTO Announcement: G/TBT/N/CHN/34 from November 13, 2003 Translated version: November 13, 2003 China notified its revised DRAFT National Standard of Labeling for Pre-packaged Foods for Special Dietary Use (GB13432). This Standard replaces the previous edition from 1992. News reports indicate a final version has been approved and implementation will begin with a grace period until October 1, 2005. Note: the GAIN report is based on the document notified to the WTO and a final approved version is unavailable. DRAFT National Standard for the Labeling of Foods ? CH4026 WTO Announcement: G/TBT/N/CHN/33 from November 17, 2003 Translated version: November 17, 2003 China notified its revised DRAFT National Standard of Labeling for Pre-Packaged Food (GB7718). Food labels must be in Chinese and contain information on additives, but stickering is allowed. The manufacturing date and best before date, however, must be indicated on the original packaging. News reports indicate a final version has been approved, but products will receive a grace period to October 1, 2005. Note: the GAIN report is based on the document notified to the WTO and a final approved version is unavailable. Ag GMO Labeling - Refer to GAIN Report CH2002 WTO Announcement: G/SPS/N/CHN/P/139 Requirements for Ag GMO Labeling are contained within the Agricultural Genetically Modified Organisms Implementation Measures CH2002. Import-Export Food Labeling Management Regulation - CH1044 Translated version: February 15, 2000 This Regulation applies to the labels of all imported or exported foods. It provides for more stringent verification and inspection for the enforcement of import and export food product labeling. Also, the regulation streamlines previous requirements and provides for greater control over false, counterfeit, or poor quality products. At the national level, China?s General Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine (AQSIQ) has statutory authority over the inspection of import or export food labels while at the provincial level this responsibility is delegated to the Customs Inspection and Quality (CIQ) offices. National Standard for Feed Labeling - CH2040 Translated version: August 10, 1999 China?s Ministry of Health (MOH) issued National Standard for Feed Labeling (GB10648-1999) is effective from June 1, 2000. This is a revision of the previous National Standard for Feed Labeling issued in 1993. This report includes a preface of the changes along with full text of the new Standard. National Standard for the Labeling of Foods - CH1043 Translated version: February 4, 1994 This National Standard (GB7718-1994) governs food labeling for all food related items for sale in China. Labels must be in Chinese and indicate the name brand of the food, ingredients, contents, shelf life, manufacturer or distributor, quality, and industry standards. These articles specify that labels for imported foods must indicate the country of origin and the name and address of the Chinese distributor. This standard adopts 1991 CODEX STAN 1. National Standard for Special Nutritional Food Labeling - CH1045 Translated version: April 8, 1992 This MOH National Standard (GB13432-1992) refers to and adopts (CAC) CODEX STAN 146-1985 ?Standard For the Labeling and Notation of Pre-packaged Special Purpose Foods? announced by the FAO/WHO Food Law Committee. This Standard governs all labeling requirements for foods and materials that are for domestic sale and directed at specific consumers; for example, infants, elderly, etc. The China National Food Industry Standardization Technology Committee proposed this standard. This committee is formed by several ministries and responsible to the State Council. Section III. Packaging and Container Regulations: Requirements of Restricting Excessive Packaging for Foods and Cosmetics WTO announcement- G/TBT/N/CHN/447 Translated version on September 1, 2008 This national standard applies to the sale of packaged foods and cosmetics. It specifies the restrictions on excessive packaging of foods and cosmetics, as well as the calculation methods for determining permitted packaging, including the requirements for spacing ratio, packaging layer and package cost. This standard has gone through many previous revisions and was originally reported on as GAIN report CH7054. Hygienic Standard for melamine-formaldehyde products used as food containers and packaging materials-CH9049 http://www.fas.usda.gov/gainfiles/200906/146347824.pdf Translated version in June 2009 The standard sets forth the requirements for raw materials, hygienic requirements, testing methods, labeling, packaging, transportation, and storage for melamine-formaldehyde products. It applies to melamine-formaldehyde products used as food containers, packaging materials, and food industry equipment and instruments that are processed from melamine-formaldehyde resin. General Rule for Restricting Excessive Packaging (draft for comment) ? CH7054 Translated version: January 25, 2005 The Standardization Administration of China (SAC) recently published a draft national standard for public comment. With a stated aim of protecting consumers and using resources in an efficient manner, the proposed standard on the General Rule for Restricting Excessive Packaging regulates packaging practices. Some of the packaging practices reference in the rule include the number of package layers and interspace ratio. Importantly, only one section of this rule (Clause 5.1.1) is mandatory. Revised MB Treatment Requirements for Entry/Exit Wood Packaging Material ? CH6058 Translated version: July 31, 2006 On July 31, 2006, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine (AQSIQ) published its Announcement 2006 No. 105 on the revised methyl bromide (MB) fumigation requirements for entry/exit wood packing. The new regulation mandated a longer fumigation period and a higher dosage. Quarantine and Supervision Administration Measures for the Importation of Wood Packaging Material (SPS/42) ? CH6051 Translated version: December 31, 2005 AQSIQ announced Decree No. 84 ? Quarantine and Supervision Administrative Measures for the Importation of Wood Packaging Materials (WPM). Measures are consistent with internationally recognized standards, namely the International Plant Protection Convention?s (IPPC), ?Guidelines for Regulating Wood Packaging Material in International Trade (ISPM-15).? Entry Wood Packing Materials ? CH5014 Translated version: January 31, 2005 AQSIQ, Customs, MOFCOM, and SFA published this as Joint Announcement 2005 No. 11 entailing the requirements of entry wood packing material. The new regulations are scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2006. A draft of the decree was first circulated for comments on December 8, 2003 through the World Trade Organization, see announcement G/SPS/N/CHN/42. Article 2 of these final measures indicates AQSIQ will separately announce the phytosanitary treatment measures. Section IV. Food Additives Regulations: * National Food Safety Standard ? Trisodium Phosphate ? CH10039 http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/National%20Food%20Safety%20Standard- Trisodium%20Phosphate_Beijing_China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_6-14-2010.pdf Translated version: May 5, 2010 China notified the WTO of National Food Safety Standard: Food Additives ? Trisodium Phosphate as SPS/N/CHN/243. This measure applies to the technical requirements and characterization of the food additive Trisodium Phosphate. It specifies the scope, requirements and testing methods. * National Food Safety Standard ? Sodium Hypochlorite - CH10040 http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/National%20Food%20Safety%20Standard- Sodium%20Pypochlorite_Beijing_China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_6-14-2010.pdf Translated version: May 5, 2010 China notified the WTO of National Food Safety Standard: Food Additives ? Sodium hypochlorite as SPS/N/CHN/253. This measure applies to the definition and characteristics of the food additive Sodium Hypochlorite. It also specifies the testing methods to detect this chemical. * National Food Safety Standard ? Stabilized Chlorine Dioxide Solution ? CH10041 http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/National%20Food%20Safety%20Standard- Stabilized%20Chlorine%20Dioxide%20Solution_Beijing_China%20- %20Peoples%20Republic%20of_6-14-2010.pdf Translated version: May 5, 2010 China notified the WTO of National Food Safety Standard: Food Additives ? Stabilized Chloride Dioxide Solution as SPS/N/CHN/259. This measure applies to the definition and characterization of the food additive Stabilized Chloride Dioxide Solution. It specifies the scope, requirements and testing methods. * National Food Additive Standard ? Sulfur ? CH10026 http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/National%20Food%20Additive%20Standard %20-%20Sulphur_Beijing_China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_5-20-2010.pdf Translated version: May 5, 2010 China notified the WTO of "National Food Safety Standard: Food Additives - Sulphur " as SPS/N/CHN/249. This measure ?applies to the production, circulation, supervision and management of food additive sulphur. It specifies the scope, requirements and testing methods.? * National Food Additive Standard ? Fumaric Acid ? CH10027 http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/National%20Food%20Additive%20Standard -Fumaric%20Acid_Beijing_China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_5-21-2010.pdf Translated version: May 5, 2010 China notified the WTO of "National Food Safety Standard: Food Additives - Fumaric Acid" as SPS/N/CHN/284. This measure ?applies to the production, circulation, supervision and management of the food additive fumaric acid. It specifies the scope, requirements and testing methods.? * National Food Additive Standard ? Sucralose ? CH10028 http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/National%20Food%20Additive%20Standard -Sucralose_Beijing_China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_5-21-2010.pdf Translated version: May 5, 2010 China notified the WTO of "National Food Safety Standard: Food Additives - Sucralose" as SPS/N/CHN/208. This measure ?applies to the technical requirements and testing methods for sucralose.? * National Food Additive Standard ? Polydextrose - CH10029 http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/National%20Food%20Additive%20Standard %20-Polydextrose_Beijing_China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_5-20-2010.pdf Translated version: May 5, 2010 China notified the WTO of "National Food Safety Standard: Food Additives - Polydextrose" as SPS/N/CHN/219. This measure ?applies to food additive polydextrose obtained by melting and condensation of the ingredients of glucose, sorbitol and citric acid. It specifies the technical requirements and testing methods for food additive polydextrose.? * National Food Additive Standard ? Malic Acid ? CH10030 http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/National%20Food%20Additive%20Standard -%20DL-malic%20acid_Beijing_China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_5-20-2010.pdf Translated version: May 5, 2010 China notified the WTO of "National Food Safety Standard: Food Additives - DL-Malic Acid" as SPS/N/CHN/282. This measure ?applies to the technical requirements and testing methods for sucralose.? * National Food Safety Standard ? New Red ? CH10032 http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/National%20Food%20Safety%20Standard- New%20Red_Beijing_China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_6-2-2010.pdf Translated version: May 5, 2010 China notified the WTO of National Food Safety Standard: Food Additives ? New Red as SPS/N/CHN/278. This measure applies to the production, circulation, supervision and management of the food additive new red. * National Food Safety Standard ? Amaranth - CH10033 http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/National%20Food%20Safety%20Standard% 20-%20Amaranth_Beijing_China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_6-2-2010.pdf Translated version: May 5, 2010 China notified the WTO of National Food Safety Standard: Food Additives ? Amaranth as SPS/N/CHN/275. This measure applies to the production, circulation, supervision and management of the food additive amaranth. It specifies the scope, requirements and testing methods. * National Food Safety Standard ? Erythrosine ? CH10034 http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/National%20Food%20Safety%20Standard% 20-%20Erythrosine_Beijing_China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_6-2-2010.pdf Translated version: May 5, 2010 China notified the WTO of National Food Safety Standard: Food Additives ? Erythrosine as SPS/N/CHN/276. This measure applies to the production, circulation, supervision and management of the food additive erythrosine. It specifies the scope, requirements and testing methods. * National Food Additive Standard ? Potassium Chloride ? CH10035 http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/National%20Food%20Safety%20Standard- Potassium%20Chloride_Beijing_China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_6-2-2010.pdf Translated version: May 5, 2010 China notified the WTO of National Food Safety Standard: Food Additives ? Potassium Chloride as SPS/N/CHN/264. This measure applies to the production, circulation, supervision and management of the food additive potassium chloride. It specifies the scope, requirements and testing methods. * National Food Safety Standard ? Sunset Yellow ? CH10036 http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/National%20Food%20Safety%20Standard- Sunset%20Yellow_Beijing_China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_6-2-2010.pdf Translation version: May 5, 2010 China notified the WTO of National Food Safety Standard: Food Additives ? Sunset Yellow as SPS/N/CHN/274. This measure applies to the production, circulation, supervision and management of the food additive sunset yellow. It specifies the scope, requirements and testing methods. * National Food Safety Standard ? Erythrosine Aluminum Lake ? CH10037 http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/National%20Food%20Safety%20Standard- Erythrosine%20Aluminum%20Lake_Beijing_China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_6-2- 2010.pdf Translated version: May 5, 2010 China notified the WTO of National Food Safety Standard: Food Additives ? Erythrosine Aluminum Lake as SPS/N/CHN/277. This measure applies to the production, circulation, supervision and management of the food additive Erythrosine Aluminum Lake. It specifies the scope, requirements and testing methods. * Food Additive Registration http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/Food%20Additive%20Registration_Beijing_ China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_5-12-2010.pdf Translated version: March 10, 2010 China?s Ministry of Health published ?Order No. 73: Measures for Administration of New Food Additives.? These measures were ?formulated for the purpose of reinforcing administration of new food additives in accordance with the Food Safety Law.? The measure is meant as a general guideline for how the Ministry of Health deals with new food additive applications. This measure went into force on March 10, the date of its publication. * Licensing for New Food Additives ? CH10003 http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/Licensing%20for%20New%20Food%20Add itives_Beijing_China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_2-4-2010.pdf Translated version: January 8, 2010 China notified "Administrative Licensing Regulation for New Varieties of Food Additives" to the WTO as G/SPS/N/CHN/201. Comments are due on February 25, 2010. The proposed date of adoption is February 28, 2010. China?s WTO notification relates, ?On the basis of the Food Safety Law of China and Food Safety Implementation Regulation of China, it regulates administrative licensing work for new varieties of food additives. * Change in Food Additive Scope and Use ? CH9079 http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/Change%20in%20Food%20Additive%20Sc ope%20and%20Use_Beijing_China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_9-29-2009.pdf Translated version: August 18, 2009 The ?Letter Issued by the Supervision Bureau of the Ministry of Health Seeking Public Opinion on Expanding Usage Scope and Increasing Usage Amount for Some Food Additives? was released. This is the common form of announcement used by the Ministry of Health to periodically update the scope and use of additives corresponding to National Standard GB2760. As this was approved by the Third Food Additives Appraisal Conference of 2009, it is likely that these new standards will be confirmed as national standards. * Food Disinfectant Materials ? CH9130 http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/Food%20Disinfectant%20Materials_Beijing _China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_1-21-2010.pdf Translated version: January 8, 2009 China notified "Food Disinfectant Materials (Components) List (2009)" to the WTO as G/SPS/N/CHN/202. Comments were due on January 16, 2010. The proposed date of adoption was January 17. China?s WTO notification describes this standard as specifying the list of the food disinfectant materials (components) which is currently allowed for use. National Standard of Flavorings-CH9039 http://www.fas.usda.gov/gainfiles/200905/146347789.pdf WTO announcement- TBT/N/CHN/575 Translated version on March 27, 2009 This standard specifies the requirements, test methods, inspection rules, marks, packing, transport, storage and shelf-life of flavorings. National Standard for Enzyme Preparations Used in Food Processing (Draft)-CH9008 http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/Hygienic%20Standard%20for%20Enzyme% 20Preparations%20Used%20in%20Food%20Processing_Beijing_China%20- %20Peoples%20Republic%20of_9-25-2009.pdf WTO announcement- G/SPS/N/CHN/112 Translated version on January 5, 2009 The standard specifies the requirements for raw materials, contaminants, micro-organisms, and antimicrobial activity for enzyme preparations in food processing. Upon adoption, this will be a mandatory standard. China Publishes Food Additive Compendium ? CH8018 Translated version: August 27, 2007 On August 27, 2007 China?s Ministry of Health published National Standard GB-2760-2007 ?Hygienic Standards for the Use of Food Additives.? This standard covers the use and application of all food additives and was originally notified to the WTO as G/SPS/N/CHN/83 in July 2005. The 2007 version combines the WTO-notified version plus food additives supplements published since 2005. This standard goes into effect June 1, 2008. This report contains an UNOFFICIAL translation of part of the original document. Food Additive Supplement (Circular No. 8) ? CH6110 Translated version: May 19, 2006 The Chinese Ministry of Health (MOH) published food additive Circular No. 8 on its official web site. This circular supplements the Food Additive Hygiene Standard (GB2760-1996) (See FAS GAIN Report CH1046). This circular publishes newly approved food additives. Food Additive Supplement (Circular No. 7) ? CH6109 Translated version: May 8, 2006 The Ministry of Health (MOH) published food additive Circular No. 7 on its official web site. This circular supplements the Food Additive Hygiene Standard (GB2760-1996) (See FAS GAIN Report CH1046). This circular publishes the approved changes for existing food additives with enlarged scope of application and/or dose levels. Food Additive Supplement (Circular No. 5) ? CH6065 Translated version: April 4, 2006 The Ministry of Health (MOH) recently published on its web site Circular No. 5 complements Food Additive Hygiene Standard (GB2760-1996) (CH1046). This circular provides newly approved food additives, processing aid, and edible food flavorings. Food Additive Hygiene (2006 Supplement) ? CH6027 Translated version: May 8, 2006 This MOH Announcement (2006 Circular No. 1) complements the Food Additive Hygiene Standard (CH1046) and all previous supplements by indicating the existing food additives that are permitted for enlarged scope of application and maximum dosage levels. Food Additive Hygiene (2005 Supplement) ? CH5073 This MOH Announcement (2005 Circular No. 12) complements the Food Additive Hygiene Standard (CH1046) and all previous supplements by indicating the existing food additives that are permitted for enlarged scope of application and maximum dosage levels. Food Additive Hygiene (2005 Supplement) ? CH5072 This MOH Announcement (2005 Circular No. 7) complements the Food Additive Hygiene Standard (CH1046) and all previous supplements by indicating the existing food additives that are permitted for enlarged scope of application and maximum dosage levels. Food Additive Hygiene (2005 Supplement Addendum) ? CH5041 Translated version: May 27, 2005 This MOH Announcement (Gong Gao 2005 No. 3) complements the Food Additive Hygiene Standard (CH1046) and all previous supplements by identifying food additives that are permitted for new use, or that have been extended for use to other foods, or allow increased tolerances for foods in China during the time period since the previous supplement. Food Additive Hygiene (2005 Supplement) ? CH5033 Translated version: April 21, 2005 This MOH Announcement (Gong Gao 2005 No. 2) complements the Food Additive Hygiene Standard (CH1046) and all previous supplements by identifying food additives that are permitted for new use, or that have been extended for use to other foods, or allow increased tolerances for foods in China during the time period since the previous supplement. Food Additive Xylitol ? CH5007 WTO Announcement: G/TBT/N/CHN/77 from January 10, 2005 Translated version: January 10, 2005 China announced GB13509 Food Additive Xylitol to the WTO TBT Committee in order to solicit comments from trading partners. Once finalized this Standard will replace the previous edition from 1992. The draft text indicates the Standard adopts the fourth edition of the American Food Chemicals Codex. Food Additive Hygiene (2004 Supplement Second Addendum) ? CH4065 Translated version: December 7, 2004 This MOH Announcement (Gong Gao 2004 No. 21) complements the Food Additive Hygiene Standard (CH1046) and all previous supplements by identifying food additives that are permitted for new use, or that have been extended for use to other foods, or allow increased tolerances for foods in China during the time period since the previous supplement. Food Additive Hygiene (2004 Supplement Addendum) ? CH4040 Translated version: August 31, 2004 This MOH Announcement (Gong Gao 2004 No. 16) complements the Food Additive Hygiene Standard (CH1046) and all previous supplements by identifying food additives that are permitted for new use, or that have been extended for use to other foods, or allow increased tolerances for foods in China during the time period since the previous supplement. Food Additive Hygiene (2004 Supplement) ? CH4019 Translated version: April 12, 2004 This MOH Announcement (Gong Gao 2004 No. 6) complements the Food Additive Hygiene Standard (CH1046) and all previous supplements by identifying food additives that are permitted for new use, or that have been extended for use to other foods, or allow increased tolerances for foods in China during the time period since the previous supplement. Food Additive Hygiene (2003 Supplement) - CH3061 Translated version: March 19, 2003 This MOH Announcement (Wei Tong 2003 No. 4) complements the Food Additive Hygiene Standard (CH1046) and all previous supplements by identifying food additives that are permitted for new use, or that have been extended for use to other foods, or allow increased tolerances for foods in China during the time period since the previous supplement. Administration Measures for Food Additive Hygiene - CH2024 WTO Announcement: G/SPS/N/CHN/9 from June 26, 2002 Translated version: March 28, 2002 The amended Administrative Measures for Food Additive Hygiene was approved by the MOH executive committee on December 11, 2001 and signed by Minister Zhang WenKang on March 28, 2002 as Decree No. 26. These measures are effective from July 1, 2002, and explain the application procedures for the production, or, new use, of food additives. The measures indicate the application procedures to request a change in the scope or dosage of food additives. The measures address production, marketing, and use of food additives, along with labeling and monitoring requirements. The means for punishing food additive producers, marketers, and users who are not in compliance with food additive regulations are indicated in Chapter Six of these measures. Food Additive Hygiene (2002 Supplement) - CH3006 Translated version: March 18, 2002 This MOH Announcement (Wei Tong 2002 No. 7) complements the Food Additive Hygiene Standard (CH1046) and all previous supplements by identifying food additives that are permitted for new use, or that have been extended for use to other foods, or allow increased tolerances for foods in China during the time period since the previous supplement. Food Additive Hygiene (2001 Supplement) - CH3005 Translated version: April 25, 2001 This MOH Announcement (Wei Tong 2001 No. 6) complements the Food Additive Hygiene Standard (CH1046) and all previous supplements by identifying food additives that are permitted for new use, or that have been extended for use to other foods, or allow increased tolerances for foods in China during the time period since the previous supplement. Food Additive Hygiene (2000 Supplement) - CH3004 Translated version: May 1, 2000 This MOH Announcement (Wei Tong 2000 No. 1) complements the Food Additive Hygiene Standard (CH1046) and all previous supplements by identifying food additives that are permitted for new use, or that have been extended for use to other foods, or allow increased tolerances for foods in China during the time period since the previous supplement. Food Additive Hygiene (1999 Supplement) - CH3003 Translated version: April 23, 1999 This MOH Announcement (Wei Tong 1999 No. 14) complements the Food Additive Hygiene Standard (CH1046) and all previous supplements by identifying food additives that are permitted for new use, or that have been extended for use to other foods, or allow increased tolerances for foods in China during the time period since the previous supplement. Food Additive Hygiene (1998 Supplement) - CH3002 Translated version: April 8, 1998 This MOH Announcement (Wei Tong 1998 No. 10) complements the Food Additive Hygiene Standard (CH1046) and all previous supplements by identifying food additives that are permitted for new use, or that have been extended for use to other foods, or allow increased tolerances for foods in China during the time period since the previous supplement. Food Additive Hygiene (1997 Supplement) - CH3001 Translated version: March 31, 1997 This MOH Announcement (Wei Ke Jiao Fa 1997 No. 13) complements the Food Additive Hygiene Standard (CH1046) by identifying food additives that are permitted for new use, or that have been extended for use to other foods, or allow increased tolerances for foods in China during the time period since the previous supplement. Food Additive Hygiene Standard - CH1046 Translated version: December 29, 1996 This MOH Standard (GB2760-1996) identifies food additives that are permitted for use. The standard governs the use, extent, and dosage of existing categories of food additives used in China. Food additives not mentioned in this standard and food additives not approved for extension to foods may still be subject to regulation and registration. MOH is the regulatory body with statutory authority over food additives. Section V. Pesticides and Other Contaminants: * Elimination of Selenium Food Contaminant Standard http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/Elimination%20of%20Selenium%20from%2 0Food%20Contaminant%20Standard_Beijing_China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_5-18- 2010.pdf Translated version: April 14, 2010 China notified the WTO of ?Notice on revoking the provision for selenium in the standard for maximum levels of contaminations in foods (GB2762-2005)? as G/SPS/N/CHN/204. The date for submission of final comments to the WTO was June 13, 2010. Maximum Levels of Contaminants in Foods ? CH6064 Translated version: January 25, 2005 The Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Standardization Administration of China (SAC) issued a national standard on Maximum Levels of Contaminants in Foods on January 25, 2005. The standard combines and replaces 13 hygienic standards for chemical contaminants. Most standard requirements for these contaminants are adjusted to comply with Codex Alimentarius Committee standards except where a Codex standard is absent. DRAFT Maximum Residue Limits for Pesticides in Foods ? CH4018 WTO Announcement: G/SPS/N/CHN/30 from October 24, 2003 Translated version: October 24, 2003 The report is an UNOFFICIAL translation of the Drafted Maximum Residue Limits for Pesticides in Foods. No information is available on whether or not the Standard is adopted and therefore, until such time, prior standards cited in the report remain in place. Pesticide and Other Contaminant Residue Limits - CH1047 Translated version: 1999 These limits, specified by MOH, identify pesticide limits that are permitted for use on commodities. Pesticide residue limits that are not specified may be specified in contracts between food or food material buyers and sellers. This list contains the 94 published maximum residue limits. An internal Chinese government memorandum lists a total of 126 pesticide maximum residue limits. This list is not yet published. The 32 remaining pesticides, although not published, are still subject to enforcement. The internal memorandum also provides more specific commodity distinctions. Section VI. Other Regulations and Requirements: * Major Laws, Measures, Regulations, and Provisions * Admin Measures for Qualification Criteria of Food Inspection Institutions ? CH10041 http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/Admin%20Measures%20for%20Qualificatio n%20Cognizance%20of%20Food%20Inspection%20Insti_Beijing_China%20- %20Peoples%20Republic%20of_6-14-2010.pdf Translated version: May 31, 2010 The Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council published draft ?Administrative Measures on Qualification Criteria of Food Inspection Institutions? for domestic comments. Drafted by AQSIQ, the Measures specify the qualification criteria for food and food additive inspection institutions. The deadline for comments was June 10, 2010 and the regulation will come into force on October 1, 2010. * DRAFTED Food Safety Standards ? CH10024 http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/Food%20Safety%20Standards_Beijing_Chin a%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_5-12-2010.pdf Translated version: May 5, 2010 China?s State Council Legislative Affairs Office (SCLAO) published the ?Administrative Measures for National Food Safety Standards? on its website. The draft measures stipulate how a state standard on food safety should be formulated, addressing questions such as who can draft a standard and who approves a new standard. A Chinese version of this law is also available at: http://www.chinalaw.gov.cn/article/cazjgg/201004/20100400253210.shtml * Food Inspection Accreditation ? CH9135 http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/Food%20Inspection%20Accreditation_Beiji ng_China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_12-17-2009.pdf Translated version: November 18, 2009 China notified ?Qualification Certification Requirements for Food Inspection and Testing Agencies? to the WTO as G/SPS/N/CHN/123. The proposed date of adoption and entry into force was February 1, 2010. China?s WTO notification describes the regulation as, ?According to the Food Safety Law of the People's Republic of China, this regulation specifies the requirements for the organization, inspection ability, quality control, staff, facilities and environment, apparatus and equipments, standard substances that should be met by food inspection and testing agencies.? * Rules for Food Inspection ? CH9136 http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/Rules%20for%20Food%20Inspection_Beijin g_China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_12-17-2009.pdf Translated version: November 18, 2009 China notified ?Specifications on Food Inspection and Testing? to the WTO as G/SPS/N/CHN/124. Comments were due on January 17, 2010. The proposed date of adoption and entry into force was February 1, 2010. China?s WTO notification describes the regulation as, ?According to the Food Safety Law of the People's Republic of China, this regulation specifies the working system and procedures for food inspection and testing agencies.? * Licensing of Imported Food without Domestic Standards - CH9076 http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/Licensing%20of%20Imported%20Food%20 Without%20Domestic%20Standards_Beijing_China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_9-25- 2009.pdf Translated version: August 13, 2009 The Ministry of Health (MOH) notified the World Trade Organization of draft national standard ?Rules on Administrative Licensing of Imported Food without National Food Safety Standards? for public comment. This measure has the WTO reference number G/SPS/N/CHN/119. On the basis of the 2009 Food Safety Law, the rules apply to imported food that does not have a national food safety standard. This is the second draft of this measure that has been released. The first draft was released on May 6 and was reported on in GAIN CH9051. Upon review, this second draft contains enough significant changes in comparison with the draft published in CH9051. * Rules for New Food-Related Products ? CH9077 http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/Rules%20for%20New%20Food- Related%20Products_Beijing_China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_9-25-2009.pdf Translated version: August 13, 2009 The Ministry of Health (MOH) notified the World Trade Organization of draft ?Rules on Administrative Licensing of Food-related New Product Varieties? for public comment. This measure has the WTO reference number G/SPS/N/CHN/120. On the basis of the 2009 Food Safety Law, this rule relates to additives, packaging, and other food related products that have previously not been registered for use in China. This is the second draft of this measure that has been released. The first draft was released on May 6 and was reported on in GAIN CH9051. Upon review, this second draft contains enough significant changes in comparison with the draft published in CH9051. The date of implementation for this measure was December 1, 2009. * Functional Food Regulation ? CH9120 http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/Functional%20Food%20Regulation_Beijing _China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_12-17-2009.pdf Translated version: May 31, 2009 China announced its draft Regulations on Supervision of Functional Foods. This measure primarily regulates foods that have a functional or health claim associated with their use. This measure was open for domestic comment until July 19, 2009. This measure was published by the State Council Legislative Office (SCLO). Draft Standard for Imported Food-CH9051 http://www.fas.usda.gov/gainfiles/200906/146347829.pdf Translated version on May 6, 2009 The Ministry of Health published two draft regulations designed to implement certain aspects of the Food Safety Law related to imported products. These two regulations govern imported foods that do not have Chinese safety standards and the licensing of new food related products. Other draft implementing regulations of the new Food Safety Law have been published as GAIN Report CH9040. Inspection of Grain and Oilseed-Methods for Determination of Test Weight-CH8097 http://www.fas.usda.gov/gainfiles/200811/146306448.pdf Translated version in November 2008 On July 3, 2008, China notified the WTO of the National Standard GB 1353?2007 "National Standard for Corn" as TBT/N/CHN/403 and National Standard GB-1532-2006 "National Standard for Soybeans" as TBT/N/CHN/402. These standards specify the relevant terms and definitions, classifications, quality requirements, test methods, and requirements for labeling, packaging, transportation and storage of corn and soybeans. GB/T 5498 Inspection of Grain and Oilseeds ? Methods for Determination of Test Weight is referenced in that standard and published here as a reference in reviewing TBT/N/CHN/403 and 402. This report is an UNOFFICIAL translation of GB/T 5498. Inspection of Grain and Oilseeds - Methods for Sampling and Sample Reduction-CH8098 http://www.fas.usda.gov/gainfiles/200811/146306449.pdf Translated version in November 2008 On July 3, 2008, China notified the WTO of the National Standard GB 1353?2007 "National Standard for Corn" as TBT/N/CHN/403 and National Standard GB-1532-2006 "National Standard for Soybeans" as TBT/N/CHN/402. These standards specify the relevant terms and definitions, classifications, quality requirements, test methods, and requirements for labeling, packaging, transportation and storage of corn and soybeans. GB/T 5491 Inspection of Grain and Oilseeds - Methods for Sampling and Sample Reduction is referenced in that standard and published here as a reference in reviewing TBT/N/CHN/402 and 403. This report is an UNOFFICIAL translation of GB/T 5491. Inspection of Grain and Oilseeds - Methods for Identification of Color, Odor and Taste-CH8099 http://www.fas.usda.gov/gainfiles/200812/146306958.pdf Translated version in November 2008 On July 3, 2008, China notified the WTO of the National Standard GB 1353?2007 "National Standard for Corn" as TBT/N/CHN/403 and National Standard GB-1532-2006 "National Standard for Soybeans" as TBT/N/CHN/402. These standards specify the relevant terms and definitions, classifications, quality requirements, test methods, and requirements for labeling, packaging, transportation and storage of corn and soybeans. National Standard is GB/T 5492 Inspection of Grain and Oilseeds - Methods for Identification of Color, Odor and Taste is referenced in that standard and published here as a reference in reviewing TBT/N/CHN/403. This report is an UNOFFICIAL translation of GB/T 5492. Inspection of Grain and Oilseeds - Methods for Determination of Foreign Matter and Unsound Kernels- CH8100 http://www.fas.usda.gov/gainfiles/200812/146306960.pdf Translated version in November 2008 On July 3, 2008, China notified the WTO of the National Standard GB 1353?2007 "National Standard for Corn" as TBT/N/CHN/403 and National Standard GB-1532-2006 "National Standard for Soybeans" as TBT/N/CHN/402. These standards specify the relevant terms and definitions, classifications, quality requirements, test methods, and requirements for labeling, packaging, transportation and storage of corn and soybeans. National Standard is GB/T 5494 Inspection of Grain and Oilseeds - Methods for Determination of Foreign Matter and Unsound Kernels is referenced in that standard and published here as a reference in reviewing TBT/N/CHN/402 and 403. This report is an UNOFFICIAL translation of GB/T 5494. Inspection of Grain and Oilseeds - Methods for Determination of Varieties and Their Mixture-CH8101 http://www.fas.usda.gov/gainfiles/200811/146306452.pdf Translated version in November 2008 On July 3, 2008, China notified the WTO of the National Standard GB 1353?2007 "National Standard for Corn" as TBT/N/CHN/403 and National Standard GB-1532-2006 "National Standard for Soybeans" as TBT/N/CHN/402. These standards specify the relevant terms and definitions, classifications, quality requirements, test methods, and requirements for labeling, packaging, transportation and storage of corn and soybeans. GB/T 5493 Inspection of Grain and Oilseeds - Methods for Determination of Varieties and Their Mixture is referenced in that standard and published here as a reference in reviewing TBT/N/CHN/402 and 403. This report is an UNOFFICIAL translation of GB/T 5493. Inspection of Grain and Oilseeds - Methods for Determination of Moisture Content-CH8102 http://www.fas.usda.gov/gainfiles/200812/146306959.pdf Translated version in November 2008 On July 3, 2008, China notified the WTO of the National Standard GB 1353?2007 "National Standard for Corn" as TBT/N/CHN/403 and National Standard GB-1532-2006 "National Standard for Soybeans" as TBT/N/CHN/402. These standards specify the relevant terms and definitions, classifications, quality requirements, test methods, and requirements for labeling, packaging, transportation and storage of corn and soybeans. GB/T 5497 Inspection of Grain and Oilseeds - Methods for Determination of Moisture Content is referenced in that standard and published here as a reference in reviewing TBT/N/CHN/402 and 403. This report is an UNOFFICIAL translation of GB/T 5497. Inspection of Grain and Oilseeds - Methods for Determination of Crude Protein-CH8103 http://www.fas.usda.gov/gainfiles/200811/146306454.pdf Translated version in November 2008 On July 3, 2008, China notified the WTO of the National Standard GB-1532-2006 "National Standard for Soybeans" as TBT/N/CHN/402. This standard specifies the relevant terms and definitions, classifications, quality requirements, test methods, and requirements for labeling, packaging, transportation and storage of soybeans. GB/T 5511 Inspection of Grain and Oilseeds - Methods for Determination of Crude Protein is referenced in that standard and published here as a reference in reviewing TBT/N/CHN/402. This report is an UNOFFICIAL translation of GB/T 5511. Inspection of Grain and Oilseeds - Methods for Determination of Crude Fat-CH8104 http://www.fas.usda.gov/gainfiles/200811/146306455.pdf Translated version in November 2008 On July 3, 2008, China notified the WTO of the National Standard GB-1532-2006 "National Standard for Soybeans" as TBT/N/CHN/402. This standard specifies the relevant terms and definitions, classifications, quality requirements, test methods, and requirements for labeling, packaging, transportation and storage of soybeans. GB/T 5512 Inspection of Grain and Oilseeds - Methods for Determination of Crude Fat is referenced in that standard and published here as a reference in reviewing TBT/N/CHN/402. This report is an UNOFFICIAL translation of GB/T 5512. General Rules of Inspection Grain, Oilseeds and Vegetable Oils-CH8105 http://www.fas.usda.gov/gainfiles/200812/146306957.pdf Translated version in November 2008 On July 3, 2008, China notified the WTO of the National Standard GB 1353?2007 "National Standard for Corn" as TBT/N/CHN/403 and National Standard GB-1532-2006 "National Standard for Soybeans" as TBT/N/CHN/402. These standards specify the relevant terms and definitions, classifications, quality requirements, test methods, and requirements for labeling, packaging, transportation and storage of corn and soybeans. GB/T 5490 General Rules of Inspection Grain, Oilseeds and Vegetable Oils is referenced in that standard and published here as a reference in reviewing TBT/N/CHN/403 and 402. This report is an UNOFFICIAL translation of GB/T 5498. Requirements for Importing Host Plants from Sudden Oak Death Occurring Countries (Draft for Comments)-CH8080 http://www.fas.usda.gov/gainfiles/200809/146295844.pdf WTO announcement- G/SPS/N/CHN/110 Translated version on August 1, 2008 AQSIQ announced the Phytosanitary Requirements for the Import of Host Plants of Phytophthora ramorum, Sudden Oak Death (SOD) from Regulated Areas for WTO members to comment before October 1, 2008. The proposed adoption and implementation date is October 15, 2008. Decree on Trade of Genetic Resources-CH8083 http://www.fas.usda.gov/gainfiles/200809/146295873.pdf On August 20, 2008, the Government of China, approved new State Council Decree No. 533, a piece of legislation detailing the procedures for Chinese companies intending to import, export, or jointly research ?animal and poultry genetic resources? (as defined within the legislation). This decree details the roles of the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Service Administration at both the provincial and State Council level. It also lists procedures that companies or institutions should go through and punishments for non-compliance. Bulk Agricultural Commodity Reporting System (for trial implementation) ? CH8056 Translated version: June 25, 2008 On June 25, 2008, China's Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) published "The Administrative Measures of the Reporting and information Publication on the import of Bulk agriculture Commodities" (for trial implementation) and a related No.46 Announcement. According to MOFCOM, these measures will be effective on August 1, 2008. This report contains an UNOFFICIAL translation of the MOFCOM measures and announcement. Based on a preliminary review of these measures the trade impact is expected to be limited. China Reduces Tariffs on Select Agricultural Commodities ? CH8040 Translated version: May 30, 2008 On May 28, China announced adjustments to import tariffs for six commodities covering 26 tariff lines. Most reductions will come into effect beginning June 1 through December 31, 2008. Agricultural commodities impacted include: pork, frozen cod, pistachios, infant food, select whey and yeasts, soybean and peanut meal, select vegetable oils, and cotton. Lower import tariffs are intended to help meet increasing domestic consumer demand that is fueling high food prices, assist with earthquake relief efforts, and stimulate domestic consumption. Measures for the Administration of Inspection, Quarantine, and Supervision of Imported and Exported Food (draft for comment) ? CH8007 Translated version: January 10, 2008 On January 10, 2008, China?s import and export inspection administration, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), notified the WTO of new draft legislation ?Measures for the Administration of Inspection, Quarantine, and Supervision of Imported and Exported Food? (G/SPS/N/CHN/104). This measure will likely have a significant impact on food and agricultural trade with China. This report contains and UNOFFICIAL TRANSLATION that should be used as reference only. China to levy provisional export tax on raw grains and their flour products in 2008 ? CH8001 Translated: December 30, 2007 To further discourage grain exports and curb domestic food price inflation, the Government of China will levy provisional export taxes on raw grains and their flour products beginning January 2008. According to a separate notice by State Council on January 8, 2008, grain and flour exports to Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan will not be subject to export taxes. This step follows the December 2007 removal of the VAT export rebate for the same products (See GAIN Report 7093). Food Recall Regulation ? CH7070 The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People?s Republic of China published the ?Regulation on the Administration of Food Recalls (Regulation 98)? on August 27, 2007. This regulation entered into force on the date of publication. Regulations on the Enforcement of the Law of the People?s Republic of China on the Inspection of Import and Export Commodities ? CH5071 This is an UNOFFICIAL translation of the ?Regulations on the Enforcement of the Law of the People?s Republic of China on the Inspection of Import and Export Commodities.? The regulation changes the inspection procedures for import and export. It does not contain specific standards and appears to reference existing standards as part of the new procedures. Administrative Measures on Novel Food (revised version) ? CH7020 The document stipulates the definition, safety assessment, application and approval process, production management, and hygienic inspection of novel foods in China. These Measures do not cover genetically modified (GM) food and food additives, which are regulated separately. National Standards for Organic Products ? CH5054 Translated version: July 6, 2005 This an UNOFFICIAL translation of the national standards for organic products issued by the Standardization Administration of China (SAC). It consists of four parts, namely production, processing, labeling and marketing, and management system. SAC and the General Administration on Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) jointly issued the National Standards for Organic Products early this year. These recommended standards, along with other regulations about organic product certification (CH5012 and CH5049) regulate the production, processing, labeling and marketing, and management of organic products in China. Imported organic products need to observe these regulations and standards that were put into force on April 1, 2005. Interim Administrative Measures for Health Food Registration ? CH5050 Translated version: April 30, 2005 This is an UNOFFICIAL translation
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