China Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards

A Hot Tip about Law and Compliance in China

Posted on: 24 Dec 2009

While China continued to streamline its regulatory system for imported food and agricultural products over the past year, it stepped up the efforts to upgrade the domestic food safety regime, notably by issuing the Food Safety Law and draft implementation regulations.

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: 7/24/2009 GAIN Report Number: CH9063 China - Peoples Republic of Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative FAIRS Country Report Approved By: Mark Petry Prepared By: Wu Bugang Report Highlights: While China continued to streamline its regulatory system for imported food and agricultural products over the past year, it stepped up the efforts to upgrade the domestic food safety regime, notably by issuing the Food Safety Law and draft implementation regulations. The government has published new administrative measures to regulate imports and updated its food and agricultural standards. China has issued or modified hundreds of food and agriculture related regulations and standards following its accession to the WTO in December 2001. However, inconsistencies between Chinese food standards and international standards have created a number of trade barriers and disputes. In order to resolve this, the Standardization Administration of China (SAC) continues to seek harmonization of domestic and international standards. This report captures the key standards and provisions that relate to imported products destined for the Chinese market and notes changes or modifications to existing standards. 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 August 2009. Updated sections include: food laws, labeling requirements, packaging and container requirements, food additive regulations, multiple commodity regulations, commodity specific regulations, and import procedures. Section I. Food Laws: * Food Safety Law-CH9019 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 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: * National Standard for Labeling of Flavorings-CH9043 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 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 Standard of Flavorings-CH9039 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 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: 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 * Draft Standard for Imported Food-CH9051 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 of Decree 19 the Interim Administrative Measures for Health Food Registration published by the State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA). These measures go into effect on July 1, 2005. These measures stipulate that SFDA and its subsidiaries are responsible for assessment and review of food safety, effectiveness, quality control, and content of labeling before a health food is registered. Implementation Rules for Organic Product Certification ? CH5049 Translated version: June 2, 2005 This is an UNOFFICIAL translation of the Implementation Rules for Organic Product Certification published by the Certification and Accreditation Administration of China (CNCA), which take immediate effect. These rules stipulate certification fee collection, procedures of approval, suspension, and cancellation of certification, requirements about organic labeling, and dispute settlement procedures. Certification bodies use these rules and national standards for organic products (GB/T 19630?2005) when certifying organic products being marketed in China. Imported organic products need to comply with the requirements of organic product certification and standard of China. In other words, imported organic food products should be certified by a Chinese certification body or an overseas certification body authorized by CNCA. Administrative Measures for Certification of Organic Products ? CH5012 Translated version: January 14, 2005 These Measures, which take effect as of April 1, 2005, govern certification procedures of organic products as well as production, processing, marketing, and labeling of organic products grown in China as well as imported products. Additionally, the legislation regulates activities of organic product certification agencies. Administrative Measures for Metrological Supervision on Prepackaged Commodities ? CH5002 WTO Announcement: G/TBT/N/CHN/63 Translated version: December 13, 2004 This regulation provides legal metrological requirements for prepackaged commodities that are measured by weight, volume, length, area, and numeral with proposed adoption scheduled for March 2005. Bulk commodities such as wheat and soybeans are not covered by this regulation but regulated by contracts. Unpackaged foods in small quantities and gold/silver ornaments are governed by Administrative Measures for Metrological Supervision on Retail Commodities (see GAIN report CH4071). AQSIQ Decree 66 Administrative Measures for Metrological Supervision on Retail Commodities ? CH4071 Translated version: August 10, 2004 These Measures, with a scheduled implementation date of December 1, 2004, regulate unpackaged retail food commodities as well as gold/silver ornaments that are measured by weight and it is a restatement of an existing law published in 1993. Bonded Trade Commodity Import Ban ? CH4056 Translated version: October 29, 2004 The Ministry of Commerce, State Environmental Protection Administration, and the General Administration of Customs jointly issued 2004 Announcement Number 55. The report contains an UNOFFICIAL translation of Announcement 55, an annually published update of items banned for processing trade, and the internet links to the appendix of items banned from processing trade; including certain poultry products, planting seeds, animal feeds, and ginseng. Lifting of Quarantine Import Permit Requirement for Certain Products ? CH4041 Translated version: August 31, 2004 AQSIQ 2004 Announcement 111 eliminated importers requirements to apply for a Quarantine Import Permit (QIP) for specified animal and plant commodities before contracts are signed and products are imported into China. The animal and plant products, however, are still subject to quarantine examination upon arrival in China. The report contains an UNOFFICIAL translation of the announcement along with the list of designated commodities no longer requiring a QIP. Items on Handling Review and Approval of Entry Animal and Plant Quarantine ? CH4020 Translated version: June 16, 2004 AQSIQ 2004 Announcement 73 ?Items on Handling the Review and Approval of Entry Animal and Plant Quarantine? provides revised information to the Administrative Measures (CH2039) mentioned above. The announcement is scheduled for implementation from July 1, 2004. The information has not been reported to the WTO. Regulation on Entry Animal Genetic Material Quarantine - CH3111 WTO Announcement: G/SPS/N/CHN/19 from June 13, 2003 Translated version: May 14, 2003 AQSIQ 2003 Decree No. 47, the Regulation on Entering Animal Genetic Material Quarantine, was adopted on April 3, 2003 and approved on May 14, 2003 for implementation from July 1, 2003. Regulation on the Pest Risk Analysis of Plants and Plant Products for Port Entry - CH3015 WTO Announcement: G/SPS/N/CHN/20 from June 17, 2003 Translated version: December 31, 2002 AQSIQ 2002 Decree No. 41, the Provisions for the Administration of Risk Analysis on Entry Plant and Plant Products, was adopted on December 19, 2002 and approved on December 31, 2002 for implementation from February 1, 2003. Regulation on Import Risk Analysis for Animals and Animal Products - CH3014 WTO Announcement: G/SPS/N/CHN/18 from June 13, 2003 Translated version: December 31, 2002 AQSIQ 2002 Decree No. 40, the Provisions for the Administration of Risk Analysis on Entry Animals and Animal Products, was adopted on October 18, 2002 and approved on December 31, 2002 for implementation from February 1, 2003. Admin. Measures for Sampling Inspection on Import and Export Commodities - CH3013 Translated version: December 31, 2002 AQSIQ (2002) Decree No. 39, the Administrative Measures for Sampling Inspection on Import and Export Commodities, was adopted on December 19, 2002 and published on December 31, 2002 for implementation from February 1, 2003. These Measures apply to commodity sampling that is not mandated in other Administrative Measures or Laws. Admin. Rules for Agency/Business Enterprise Completed Applications for Import and Export Inspection and Quarantine - CH3021 Translated version: November 6, 2002 AQSIQ 2002 Announcement Number 34, The Administrative Rules on Agencies Applying for Import and Export Inspection and Quarantine, was published on the AQSIQ website on November 6, 2002 for enforcement from January 1, 2003. The "Rules" were published in Issue 17 of the China Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation Gazette on March 18, 2003, also. The Announcement provides guidelines and requirements for agencies/business enterprises that use agents for importing and exporting commodities. Admin. Rules for Agent Completed Applications for Import and Export Inspection and Quarantine - CH3020 Translated version: November 6, 2002 AQSIQ 2002 Announcement No. 33, Administrate Rules for Agent Completed Applications for Import and Export Inspection and Quarantine, was published on the AQSIQ website on November 6, 2002 for enforcement from January 1, 2003. This report provides guidelines and requirements for individuals that intend to become importing and exporting agents. Administrative Measures for Review and Approval of Entry Animal and Plant Quarantine Law - CH2039 Translated version: August 1, 2002 AQSIQ 2002 Decree No. 25 "Administrative Measures for Review and Approval of Entry Animal and Plant Quarantine" was issued on August 1, 2002. The regulation, effective from September 1, 2002, regulates the application procedure for Entry Animal and Plant Quarantine permits along with the final use of such permits. The Measures also regulate AQSIQ?s review and approval process for Entry Animal and Plant Quarantine. Law on Import and Export Commodity Inspection - CH2029 Translated version: April 28, 2002 This is an UNOFFICIAL English translation of the amended National Party Congress (NPC) Law for Import and Export Commodity Inspection for the People?s Republic of China. This Law provides the general framework of import and export commodity inspection. Chinese national technical standards (GB or GB/T) exist for specific commodities and often detail inspection procedures and requirements. U.S. exporters are encouraged to discuss relevant Chinese national standards with importers prior to shipment to ensure that their interpretation of the regulation is accurate. Registration Management Regulations for Foreign Manufacturers of Imported Food - CH2016 Translated version: March 14, 2002 AQSIQ 2002 Decree No. 16 provides for the regulation to monitor foreign manufacturers of food products exported to China. The appendix of this report includes the Catalog of Imported Food Subject to Enterprise Registration. At this time, only meat and meat by-products are included in this catalog. This regulation replaces China?s previous Registration Management Regulations on Foreign Manufacturers of Imported Food (trial version) that was issued on 30 December 1999. Implementation Regulations for Animal and Plant Entry and Exit Quarantine Law - CH3110 Translated version: December 2, 1996 WTO Announcement: G/SPS/N/CHN/P/5 The Implementation Regulations were published and announced in SC Decree No. 206 for Implementation from January 1, 1997. The regulations provided the implementation details for the Animal and Plant Entry and Exit Law (NPC Order No. 53). Consumer Protection Law - CH1055 Translated version: January 1, 1994 UNOFFICIAL English language text of the Consumer Protection Law for the People?s Republic of China can be found at the web site: "http://www.qis.net/chinalaw". The law was adopted by the NPC in October 1993 and implemented January 1, 1994. The law guarantees consumers rights?, details business operators? obligations and legal responsibilities, and outlines procedures for dispute resolution. Animal and Plant Entry and Exit Quarantine Law - CH1051 Translated version: October 30, 1991 WTO Announcement: G/SPS/N/CHN/P/4 This Law (NPC Order Number 53) establishes the general guidelines for the import, export, and transit quarantine for animals, plants and the respective method of transport. The United States and China continue to actively engage one another in bilateral phytosanitary talks and protocols. For specific quarantine problems, contact the USDA?s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Office in Beijing. AQSIQ acting for the State Council (SC) has statutory authority over this Law. Tariff Rate Quota (TRQ) Rules, Regulations, and Reports TRQ Implementation Measures of 2006 TRQ Allocations for Wool and Wool Tops ? CH5070 The MOC issued the Implementation Measures for 2006 TRQs of Wool and Wool Tops. Wool and wool tops import TRQs phased in during CY2004 and are not subject to further changes. This report contains an UNOFFICIAL translation of the measures. TRQ Implementation Measures for 2006 TRQ Allocations for Imported Sugar ? CH5067 The MOC issued the Implementation Measures of 2006 TRQ Allocations for Imported Sugar. According to its WTO Accession Agreement obligation, China had phased in import TRQ?s for sugar during CY2004. The allocation measures and requirements in 2006 remain basically unchanged from those in 2005. TRQ Implementation Measures for 2006 TRQ of Grain and Cotton ? CH5066 The NDRC issued the Implementation Measures of 2006 TRQ Allocations for Grains and Cotton. The TRQ volumes are identical to CY2004-the final year of the WTO agreed-upon phase-in for grains and cotton. TRQ Implementation Measures for 2005 TRQ of Wool and Wool Tops ? CH4053 Translated version: September 29, 2004 The MOC issued the Implementation Measures for 2005 TRQs of Wool and Wool Tops. The TRQ rates reached their WTO obligated phase-in levels in 2004. This report contains an UNOFFICIAL translation of the measures along with a copy of the application form. TRQ Implementation Measures for 2005 TRQ of Oils and Sugar ? CH4052 Translated version: September 29, 2004 The MOC issued the Implementation Measures of 2005 TRQ Allocation for Oils and Sugar. According to its WTO Accession Agreement obligation, China?s TRQs for palm oil, soybean oil, and rapeseed oil reach their final quantities in 2005. China reduced the state trading allocation share. While allocation measures in 2005 remain basically unchanged, requirements are added to existing and new TRQ applicants. TRQ Implementation Measures for 2005 TRQ of Grain and Cotton ? CH4051 Translated version: September 30, 2004 The NDRC issued the Implementation Measures of 2005 TRQ Allocation for Grains and Cotton. The TRQs have reached their final quantity levels as negotiated in China?s WTO Accession Agreement. The UNOFFICIAL translation includes TRQ allocation volumes, along with the percentages designated for state trading firms, and an appendix, a sample form for the Agricultural Product Import TRQ Certificate. TRQ Reallocation Notice for 2004 TRQ of Grains, Oils, Sugar, and Cotton ? CH4037 Translated version: August 11, 2004 The MOC and National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) jointly issued 2004 Announcement No. 50 ?Announcement on Reallocation of 2004 TRQs.? The document provides instructions to end-users/holders of TRQs for wheat, corn, rice, soy oil, palm oil, rapeseed oil, sugar, and cotton. TRQ Implementation Measures of 2004 TRQ Allocation for Oils and Sugar ? CH3130 Translated version: September 28, 2003 The Ministry of Commerce (MOC) issued the Implementation Measures of 2004 TRQ Allocation for Palm Oil, Soybean Oil, Rapeseed Oil, and Sugar. This UNOFFICIAL translation includes allocation volumes, information on amounts designated for state trading, and information on product classification and a sample application for Agricultural Product Import TRQ Certificate. TRQ Implementation Measures of 2004 TRQ Allocation for Grains and Cotton ? CH3129 Translated version: September 30, 2003 The State Development and Reform Commission issued the Implementation Measures as part of its WTO accession commitment. This UNOFFICIAL translation includes TRQ allocation volumes, along with the percentages designated for state trading firms, and an appendix, a sample form for the Agricultural Product Import TRQ Certificate. Revised TRQ Interim Rules and Regulations for Agricultural Imports ? CH3128 Translated version: September 27, 2003 The report is an UNOFFICIAL translation of the revised Interim Rules and Regulations for Agricultural Imports Tariff Rate Quota referred to in CH2007 as issued by the Ministry of Commerce and the State Development and Reform Commission. TRQ Implementation Measures for 2003 Agricultural Products - CH2050 Translated version: October 15, 2002 Mandated by China?s WTO accession, the TRQ?s permit imports of specified commodities at negligible duties, and also require that a certain percentage of the allocation be reserved for non-State Owned Enterprises (SOE?s). Both quantity and non-SOE share are fixed in the accession agreement document. Other than readjustment of the quantities in line with the Accession Agreement, the biggest change is the addition of a separate application form for quota for re-export. TRQ Re-Allocation Notice - CH2041 Translated version: August 9, 2002 The report is an UNOFFICIAL translation of China?s State Development and Planning Committee Notice on Import Tariff Rate Quotas for Major Agricultural Products (wheat, corn, rice, soy oil, rapeseed oil, palm oil, sugar and cotton). The Notice was issued on August 9 and provides information on how unused TRQ?s should be returned by state and non-state importers and how new quotas will be allocated for the remainder of the calendar year. TRQ Allocation Implementation Measures for 2002 Agricultural Products - CH2008 Translated version: February 7, 2002 The report is an UNOFFICIAL translation of China?s Implementation Measures for Tariff Rate Quota. This document describes the amount, application requirements, and allocation principles for wheat, corn, rice, palm oil, soybean oil, rapeseed oil, sugar, cotton, sheep wool and wool tops agricultural products for 2002. This measure was formulated in accordance with the Interim Rules and Regulations for Agricultural Products (CH2007). The appendix to this document describes the information that is requested for on the Application Form for A Type TRQ Agricultural Commodity Imports. These measures were announced on 7 February 2002 and effective from 10 February 2002. TRQ Administration Interim Rules and Regulations - CH2007 Translated version: January 30, 2002 The report is an UNOFFICIAL translation of China?s Interim Rules and Regulations for Agricultural Imports Tariff Rate Quota (TRQ) Administration as authored by the State Development and Planning Commission (SDPC). This document also contains four appendices. The first appendix lists the authorizing agencies approved by the SDPC. The second and third appendixes are Certificate A and B (application forms for two categories of trade). The final appendix is the Notice on Tariff Quota Allocation for Agricultural Products. These Rules and Regulations are effective from 5 February 2002. Transgenic Agricultural Product Rules, Regulations, and Measures Revision of Plant Variety Protection Regulations ? CH7088 Translated version: October 10, 2007 On October 10, 2007, China's Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) published "The Implementation Rules for the Regulations on Protection of New Plant Varieties (Agriculture Part)?. The new rules governing the application and review process for registration of new plant varieties falling under the responsibility of MOA will take effect on January 1, 2008. This report provides an UNOFFICIAL translation of these rules. The impact of these rules on trade remains unclear. China Updates Plant Variety Testing Procedures ? CH7078 Translated version: August 23, 2007 China?s Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) recently published the ?Administrative Measures on Testing Guidelines for New Plant Varieties.? These procedural guidelines revise the measures that govern the testing required for new plant variety registration applications in China. This report contains an UNOFFICIAL translation of this MOA measure. AQSIQ Decree 62 Administrative Measures of Inspection and Quarantine on Entry-Exit GM Products ? CH4017 WTO Announcement: G/SPS/N/CHN/15 from July 25, 2002 and G/SPS/N/CHN/15/Add.1 Translated version: June 15, 2004 The decree was approved on September 5, 2001 but not signed until May 24, 2004. This is an UNOFFICIAL translation of the decree. The Decree requires importers to declare and label if goods destined to enter China contain transgenic modification. Interim GMO Regs Extended - CH3113 Translated version: July 16, 2003 Through a letter to the USDA Ag. Affairs Office, MOA extended the effectiveness of Ag. GMO Circular 222 until April 20, 2004. Ag. GMO Circular 222: Management Procedures on Interim Measures for Imported Ag GMO Products (Revised) - CH2052 Translated version: October 11, 2002 MOA issued Circular 222 to continue the interim measures until September 30, 2003. The report also provides a copy of the "Application Form for Interim Certificate to Import Ag GMO Product." Ag. GMO Circular 190: Management Procedures on Interim Measures for Imported Ag GMO Products - CH2051 Translated version: March 11, 2002 WTO Announcement: G/SPS/N/CHN/P/140 MOA issued this circular that permits overseas companies to apply for a GMO Import Safety Certificate from the MOA Ag GMO Safety Administration Office. The Circular adopted interim measures to allow normal trade to continue during the 270 days while the application was reviewed. These interim measures were set to expire on December 20, 2002. Circular 222 (CH2052) has replaced the Circular 190 Ag. GMO Implementation Measures - CH2002 Translated version: January 7, 2002 WTO Announcements: G/SPS/N/CHN/P/137, G/SPS/N/CHN/P/138, G/SPS/N/CHN/P/139 This document from the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) contains three (3) measures: 1. Measures for Ag GMOs Safety Evaluation Administration. 2. Measures for Ag GMOs Imports. 3. Measures for Ag GMO Labeling. GMO measures will be implemented mainly by the Ministry of Agriculture. All measures will be effective from March 20, 2002. Ag. GMO Safety Administration Regulation - CH1056 Translated version: June 6, 2001 WTO Announcement: G/SPS/N/CHN/P/136 The scope of this regulation, by the State Council, specifies the management, production, distribution, and use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture. The regulation requires Safety Certification and labeling for all types of domestic or imported GMOs. Text in the regulation is vague and does not provide direction for several procedural measures. The implementation measures are in CH2002. The Agriculture Administrative Department of the State Council has statutory authority over this regulation. This department is comprised from representatives from several of China?s ministries. Maximum Limits for Micronutrients and Chemical Elements in Foods Chinese Veterinary Drug MRLs ? CH7082 In 2002, the Ministry of Agriculture published Announcement 235, a compendium of permissible uses for veterinary drugs in China and their Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs). The 2002 Announcement replaced the previous 1999 version of this document, published under the notification number Nongmufa No. 17 (1999). This report contains an UNOFFICIAL translation of this Ministry of Agriculture measure. China Published Draft Pesticide MRL Standard ? CH7089 WTO Announcement: G/SPS/N/CHN/30 on October 24, 2003 as a draft document (CH4018) This report contains an UNOFFICIAL translation of China's regulation concerning Maximum Residue Limits for Pesticides in Foods (GB2763-2005). It was notified to the World Trade Organization (WTO) as G/SPS/N/CHN/30 on October 24, 2003 as a draft document (CH4018). The document was adopted in 2005 as GB2762-2005 without additional changes. DRAFTED Maximum Levels of Zinc in Foods - CH3043 WTO Announcement: G/SPS/N/CHN/36 from October 24, 2003 Translated version: August 2002 China?s Ministry of Health published this DRAFT Standard, GB13106, to solicit comments. The Standard was subsequently notified to the WTO. This translation is based on the initial Ministry of Health announcement. A final version has not been adopted and any previous measures cited in this Standard remain in force. DRAFTED Maximum Levels of Selenium in Foods - CH3042 WTO Announcement: G/SPS/N/CHN/35 from October 24, 2003 Translated version: August 2002 China?s Ministry of Health published this DRAFT Standard, GB13105, to solicit comments. The Standard was subsequently notified to the WTO. This translation is based on the initial Ministry of Health announcement. A final version has not been adopted and any previous measures cited in this Standard remain in force. DRAFTED Maximum Levels of Rare Earth in Vegetable Foods - CH3041 WTO Announcement: G/SPS/N/CHN/39 from October 24, 2003 Translated version: August 2002 China?s Ministry of Health published this DRAFT Standard, GB13107, to solicit comments. The Standard was subsequently notified to the WTO. This translation is based on the initial Ministry of Health announcement. A final version has not been adopted and any previous measures cited in this Standard remain in force. DRAFTED Maximum Levels of Nitrite in Foods - CH3038 WTO Announcement: G/SPS/N/CHN/37 from October 24, 2003 Translated version: August 2002 China?s Ministry of Health published this DRAFT Standard, GB15198, to solicit comments. The Standard was subsequently notified to the WTO. This translation is based on the initial Ministry of Health a
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