China-Food and Agricultural Import Regulations

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Posted on: 11 Jan 2013

This report is an index of major agricultural product import regulations and standards translated and published by the Office of Agriculture Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing through December.

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: 12/21/2012 GAIN Report Number: CH12080 China - Peoples Republic of Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative FAIRS Country Report Approved By: Joshua Lagos Prepared By: M. Melinda Meador and Ma Jie Report Highlights: This report is an index of major agricultural product import regulations and standards translated and published by the Office of Agriculture Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing through December 2012. Updates include changes to food laws, labeling requirements, packaging and container requirements, food additive regulations, multiple commodity regulations, commodity specific regulations, and import procedures. Executive Summary China continued to streamline its regulatory system for imported food and agricultural products over the past year and upgrade the domestic food safety regime according to provisions of the 2009 Food Safety Law. The government also published new administrative measures to regulate imports and updated its food and agricultural 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. Some of the key changes in 2012 include the registration of overseas food manufacturing facilities, registration of foreign food exporters and domestic food importers for traceability reasons, and consolidation/updating of national food safety standards under the 2009 Food Safety Law. Changes since the last Working Index in 2009 are noted with an asterisk “*” and are in red font. 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 Office of Agriculture Affairs 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 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 Chinese 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 translated Chinese version. For answers to specific questions, U.S. exporters are encouraged to contact any of the FAS offices in China, or the Foreign Agriculture Service in Washington, DC. Contact Information can be found on the following page. Disclaimer This report was prepared by the Office of Agriculture Affairs of the USDA/Foreign Agriculture 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. Section I. Food Laws: *Grain Law (draft for public comments) – CH12023 http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/Grain%20Law%20(draft%20for%20public%20comments)_Beiji ng_China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_3-6-2012.pdf Translated version: February 21, 2012 On February 2012, the Government of China (GOC) issued the Grain Law (currently a draft) and an explanatory notice for the legislation. According to the explanatory notice, safeguarding national grain security is the fundamental purpose of the Grain Law. The draft law applies to grains, edible vegetable oil, and oilseeds, as well as the production, distribution, and consumption of these commodities. It also defines the roles and responsibilities for different administrative departments in managing grain production, processing, trade, reserves, and market information dissemination. For some of these areas, the law does not provide any details on implementation, which may be formulated later by other relevant government agencies. Final Food Safety Law Implementation Measures – CH9066 http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/Final%20Food%20Safety%20Law%20Implementation%20Meas ures_Beijing_China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_8-14-2009.pdf Translated version: July 20, 2009 On 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%20Safety%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. 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. Section II. Labeling Requirements: * General Standard for the Labeling of Food Additives (Draft) http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/General%20Standard%20for%20the%20Labeling%20of%20Foo d%20Additives%20(Draft)_Beijing_China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_12-19-2011.pdf Translated version: November 17, 2011 On November 17, 2011, the Ministry of Health notified to the WTO the General Standard for the Labeling of Food Additives (draft) as G/SPS/N/CHN/480. This standard applies to the labeling of "food additives" sold by retail or by non-retail, including labels and instructions. It does not apply to flavoring substances. *National Food Safety Standard- Labeling of Prepackaged Foods for Special Dietary Uses (Draft) – CH 12081 Translated version: August 27, 2012 On August 27, 2012, Ministry of Health issued the National Food Safety Standard- Labeling of Prepackaged Foods for Special Dietary Uses (Draft) for public comments. The New standard replaces GB 13432-2004 “General Standards for Labeling of Prepackaged Foods for Special Dietary Uses”, and main changes include: Definition of special dietary foods is revised, fundamental requirements are revised, partial requirements for labeling contents are revised, and appendix A of the 2004 standard is deleted. *General Rules for the Labeling of Prepackaged Foods - CH11030 http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/General%20Rules%20for%20the%20Labeling%20of%20Prepack aged%20Foods_Beijing_China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_5-25-2011.pdf Translated version: May 13, 2011 On May 13, China's Ministry of Health published on its web site National Food Safety Standard on General Rules for the Labeling of Prepackaged Foods to be adopted on April 20, 2012. These Rules prescribe the basic requirements for the labeling of pre-packaged foods. They apply to the labeling of all pre-packaged foods directly or indirectly offered to consumers. A draft version of these rules was notified to the WTO on April 20, 2010 as TBT/N/CHN/733. 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 On 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. Follow-up: On October 12, 2011, Ministry of Health issued the National Food Safety Standard for Nutrition Labeling of Prepackaged Foods (GB 28050-2011). Feed Labeling Requirements – CH9083 http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/Feed%20Labeling%20Requirements_Beijing_China%20- %20Peoples%20Republic%20of_10-15-2009.pdf Translated version: August 24, 2009 On August 24, 2009, AQSIQ made Announcement 372, providing instruction on the implementation of AQSIQ Decree No. 118 (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%20Labeling%20of%20 Flavorings_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 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. 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. 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 Standards for Uses of Food Additives - Part I – CH11037 *National Food Safety Standards for Uses of Food Additives - Part II – CH11038 Translated version: August 2, 2010 On August 2, 2010, China's Ministry of Health notified to the WTO the National Food Safety Standard on National Food Safety Standard - Standards for Uses of Food Additives as G/SPS/N/CHN/308. The standard (GB2760-2011) specifies the principles for application of food additives, allowed food additive varieties, scope of application, and maximum level or residue levels. The final version was published on April 20, 2011 and implemented on June 20, 2011. *National Food Safety Standard on Methanol http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/National%20Food%20Safety%20Standard%20on%20Methanol% 20%20%20_Beijing_China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_2-2-2012.pdf Translated version: November 18, 2011 On November 18, 2011, China notified the WTO of National Food Safety Standard: Food Additive Methanol as SPS/N/CHN/507. This standard applies to food additive methanol made from coal, natural gas, light oil or heavy oil. It specifies the technical requirements and testing methods for food additive methanol. *National Food Safety Standard on Polyethylene Resin http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/National%20Food%20Safety%20Standard%20on%20Polyethyle ne%20Resin%20%20%20_Beijing_China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_2-2-2012.pdf Translated version: November 17, 2011 On November 17, 2011, China notified the WTO of National Food Safety Standard: Polyethylene Resin as SPS/N/CHN/482. This standard applies to polyethylene resin made of ethylene homopolymer and copolymers of ethylene and olefin used for food containers and packaging materials. This standard stipulates technical requirements and packaging requirements of polyethylene resin used for food containers and packaging materials. * National Food Safety Standard on Polypropylene Resin http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/National%20Food%20Safety%20Standard%20on%20Polypropyl ene%20Resin%20%20%20_Beijing_China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_2-2-2012.pdf Translated version: November 17, 2011 On November 17, 2011, China notified the WTO of National Food Safety Standard: Polypropylene Resin as SPS/N/CHN/483. This standard applies to polypropylene resin made of propylene homopolymer and copolymers of propylene and olefin used for food containers and packaging materials. This standard stipulates technical requirements and packaging requirements of polypropylene resin used for food containers and packaging materials. *National Food Safety Standard on Sodium Ferrocyanide http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/National%20Food%20Safety%20Standard%20on%20Sodium%2 0Ferrocyanide%20%20%20_Beijing_China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_2-2-2012.pdf Translated version: November 17, 2011 On November 17, 2011, China notified the WTO of National Food Safety Standard: Food Additive Sodium Ferrocyanide as SPS/N/CHN/485. This standard applies to food additive sodium ferrocyanide made from sodium cyanide and ferrous sulfate or ferrum reductum, sodium hydroxide and hydrogen cyanide. It specifies the scope, technical requirements and testing methods for food additive sodium ferrocyanide. * National Food Safety Standard on Vegetable Activated Carbon http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/National%20Food%20Safety%20Standard%20on%20Vegetable %20Activated%20Carbon%20_Beijing_China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_2-2-2012.pdf Translated version: November 18, 2011 On November 18, 2011, China notified the WTO of National Food Safety Standard: Food Additive Vegetable Activated Carbon (Wooden Activated Carbon) as SPS/N/CHN/495. This standard applies to food additive vegetable activated carbon (wooden activated carbon) made from plant materials such as sawdust, coconut shells, and nutshells through physical or chemical method. *National Food Safety Standards on Calcium http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/National%20Food%20Safety%20Standards%20on%20Calcium% 20%20%20_Beijing_China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_2-2-2012.pdf Translated version: November 18, 2011 On November 18, 2011, China notified the WTO of National Food Safety Standard: Food Additive Calcium Cyclamate as SPS/N/CHN/501. This standard applies to food additive calcium cyclamate, which is made from chemical combination of cyclohexylamine and sulfamic acid, and then reacts with calcium hydroxide. It specifies the technical requirements and testing methods for food additive calcium cyclamate. *Food Additive Erythritol http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/Food%20Additive%20Erythritol_Beijing_China%20- %20Peoples%20Republic%20of_5-31-2011.pdf Translated version: May 2, 2011 On May 2, 2011, China's Ministry of Health notified to the WTO the National Food Safety Standard on Food Additive Erythritol as G/SPS/N/CHN/360. The standard specifies the technical requirements and testing methods for the food additive erythritol. The adoption date of the standard was May 15, 2011. Follow-up: On March 15, 2011, Ministry of Health released the National Food Safety Standard of Food Additive Erythritol (GB 26404-2011), and the Standard came into force on May 15, 2011. *Food Additive Lutein http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/Food%20Additive%20Lutein_Beijing_China%20- %20Peoples%20Republic%20of_5-31-2011.pdf Translated version: May 2, 2011 On May 2, 2011, China's Ministry of Health notified to the WTO the National Food Safety Standard on Food Additive Lutein as G/SPS/N/CHN/359. The standard applies to lutein obtained from marigold (Tages erecta L.). It specifies the technical requirements and testing methods for food additive lutein. The adoption date of the standard is May 15, 2011. Follow-up: On March 15, 2011, Ministry of Health released the National Food Safety Standard of Food Additive Lutein (GB 26405-2011) ), and the Standard came into force on May 15, 2011. *Food Additive Sodium Copper Chlorophyllin http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/Food%20Additive%20Sodium%20Copper%20Chlorophyllin_Bei jing_China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_5-31-2011.pdf Translated version: May 2, 2011 On May 2, 2011, China's Ministry of Health notified to the WTO the National Food Safety Standard on Food Additive Sodium Copper Chlorophyllin as G/SPS/N/CHN/358. The standard applies to powdered food additive sodium copper chlorophyllin obtained by adding copper to the product obtained by the saponification of a solvent extraction of mulberry leaf or dung of silk worms. It specifies the technical requirements and testing methods for sodium copper chlorophyllin. The adoption date of the standard is May 15, 2011. Follow-up: On March 15, 2011, Ministry of Health released the National Food Safety Standard of Food Additive Sodium Copper Chlorophyllin (GB 26406-2011) ), and the Standard came into force on May 15, 2011. *Food Additive Tertiary Butylhydroquinone (TBHQ) http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/Food%20Additive%20Tertiary%20Butylhydroquinone%20(TBH Q)_Beijing_China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_5-31-2011.pdf Translated version: May 2, 2011 On May 2, 2011, China's Ministry of Health notified to the WTO the National Food Safety Standard on Food Additive Tertiary Butylhydroquinonoe (TBHQ) as G/SPS/N/CHN/357. The standard specifies the technical requirements and testing methods for food additive TBHQ. It came into force on May 15, 2011. Follow-up: On March 15, 2011, Ministry of Health released the National Food Safety Standard of Food Additive Tertiary Butylhydroquinone (TBHQ) (GB 26403-2011) ), and the Standard came into force on May 15, 2011. *China to ban the use of benzoyl peroxide in flour on May 1-CH11011 http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/China%20to%20ban%20the%20use%20of%20benzoyl%20perox ide%20in%20flour%20on%20May%201_Beijing_China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_3-4-2011.pdf Translated version: March 1, 2011 On March 1, 2011, the Ministry of Health published on its web site a joint statement officially revoking, as of May 1, 2011, the approval of benzoyl peroxide and calcium peroxide as food additives, and prohibiting the use of these additives in flour processing. Flour and flour products produced before this date using benzoyl peroxide and calcium peroxide may be sold through their expiry dates. On October 24, 2007, China notified to the WTO a proposed rule banning the use of benzoyl peroxide in wheat flour as G/SPS/N/CHN/103. On December 15, 2010, the Ministry of Health published an announcement soliciting domestic comments on a proposed rule to ban benzoyl peroxide and calcium peroxide in flour processing beginning December 31, 2011. * Administrative Measures on New Food Additive Varieties (Final) - CH11007 http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/Administrative%20Measures%20on%20New%20Food%20Addit ive%20Varieties%20(Final)_Beijing_China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_2-25-2011.pdf Translated version: April 22, 2010 On April 22, 2010, China’s Ministry of Health published on its web site the Administrative Measures on New Food Additive Varieties (Final) for adoption on March 30, 2010. The Measures replaced the Administrative Measures on Food Additive Hygiene issued by the Ministry on March 28, 2002. *National Food Additive Standard-Potassium Iodate (Draft) - CH10049 http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/National%20Food%20Additive%20Standard- Potassium%20Iodate_Beijing_China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_8-13-2010.pdf WTO notification: G/SPS/N/CHN/309. Translated version: August 4, 2010 This standard applies to food additive potassium iodate, which is used as iodine reinforcement in edible salt processing. This standard prescribes its quality specification and testing methods Follow-up: On March 15, 2011, Ministry of Health released the National Food Safety Standard of Food Additive Potassium iodate, which was put into force on May 15, 2011. Full text of the standard in Chinese can be found at: http://www.moh.gov.cn/publicfiles/business/htmlfiles/mohwsjdj/s7891/201103/51024.htm *Guidelines for the Use of Flavorings - CH10048 WTO Notification G/SPS/N/CHN/306 Translated version: August 4, 2010 http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/Iodine%20Content%20in%20Edible%20Salt_Beijing_China%20 -%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_8-13-2010.pdf On August 4, China's Ministry of Health notified the WTO of Guidelines for Use of Flavorings as G/SPS/N/CHN/306. This guideline prescribes the use of flavoring in food. 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. Follow-up: On December 21, 201, Ministry of Health released the National Food Safety Standard of Food Additive Trisodium Phosphate (GB 25565-2010), which was put into force on February 21, 2011. Full text of the standard in Chinese can be found at: http://www.moh.gov.cn/publicfiles/business/htmlfiles/mohwsjdj/s7891/201012/50200.htm 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. Follow-up: On December 21, 201, Ministry of Health released the National Food Safety Standard of Food Additive Sodium Hypochlorite (GB 25574-2010), which was put into force on February 21, 2011. Full text of the standard in Chinese can be found at: http://www.moh.gov.cn/publicfiles/business/htmlfiles/mohwsjdj/s7891/201012/50200.htm 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. Follow-up: On December 21, 201, Ministry of Health released the National Food Safety Standard of Food Additive Stabilized Chlorine Dioxide Solution (GB 25580-2010), which was put into force on February 21, 2011. Full text of the standard in Chinese can be found at: http://www.moh.gov.cn/publicfiles/business/htmlfiles/mohwsjdj/s7891/201012/50200.htm 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. Follow-up: On December 21, 201, Ministry of Health released the National Food Safety Standard of Food Additive Sulphur (GB 3150-2010), which was put into force on February 21, 2011. Full text of the standard in Chinese can be found at: http://www.moh.gov.cn/publicfiles/business/htmlfiles/mohwsjdj/s7891/201012/50200.htm 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. Follow-up: On December 21, 201, Ministry of Health released the National Food Safety Standard of Food Additive Sucralose (GB 25531-2010), which was put into force on February 21, 2011. Full text of the standard in Chinese can be found at: http://www.moh.gov.cn/publicfiles/business/htmlfiles/mohwsjdj/s7891/201012/50200.htm 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。 Follow-up: On December 21, 201, Ministry of Health released the National Food Safety Standard of Food Additive Polydextrose (GB 25541-2010), which was put into force on February 21, 2011. Full text of the standard in Chinese can be found at: http://www.moh.gov.cn/publicfiles/business/htmlfiles/mohwsjdj/s7891/201012/50200.htm 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. Follow-up: On December 21, 201, Ministry of Health released the National Food Safety Standard of Food Additive DL- Malic Acid (GB 25544-2010), which was put into force on February 21, 2011. Full text of the standard in Chinese can be found at: http://www.moh.gov.cn/publicfiles/business/htmlfiles/mohwsjdj/s7891/201012/50200.htm 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. Follow-up: On December 21, 201, Ministry of Health released the National Food Safety Standard of Food Additive New Red (GB 14888.1-2010), which was put into force on February 21, 2011. Full text of the standard in Chinese can be found at: http://www.moh.gov.cn/publicfiles/business/htmlfiles/mohwsjdj/s7891/201012/50200.htm 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. Follow-up: On December 21, 201, Ministry of Health released the National Food Safety Standard of Food Additive Amaranth (GB 4479.1-2010), which was put into force on February 21, 2011. Full text of the standard in Chinese can be found at: http://www.moh.gov.cn/publicfiles/business/htmlfiles/mohwsjdj/s7891/201012/50200.htm 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. Follow-up: On December 21, 201, Ministry of Health released the National Food Safety Standard of Food Additive Erythrosine (GB 17512.1-2010), which was put into force on February 21, 2011. Full text of the standard in Chinese can be found at: http://www.moh.gov.cn/publicfiles/business/htmlfiles/mohwsjdj/s7891/201012/50200.htm 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. Follow-up: On December 21, 201, Ministry of Health released the National Food Safety Standard of Food Additive Potassium Chloride (GB 25585-2010), which was put into force on February 21, 2011. Full text of the standard in Chinese can be found at: http://www.moh.gov.cn/publicfiles/business/htmlfiles/mohwsjdj/s7891/201012/50200.htm 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. Follow-up: On December 21, 201, Ministry of Health released the National Food Safety Standard of Food Additive Sunset Yellow (GB 6227.1-2010), which was put into force on February 21, 2011. Full text of the standard in Chinese can be found at: http://www.moh.gov.cn/publicfiles/business/htmlfiles/mohwsjdj/s7891/201012/50200.htm 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. Follow-up: On December 21, 201, Ministry of Health released the National Food Safety Standard of Food Additive Erythrosine Aluminum Lake (GB 17512.2-2010), which was put into force on February 21, 2011. Full text of the standard in Chinese can be found at: http://www.moh.gov.cn/publicfiles/business/htmlfiles/mohwsjdj/s7891/201012/50200.htm 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 On 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.” This measure went into force on March 10, the date of its publication. 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%20 Used%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. Follow-up: On December 21, 2010, Ministry of Health published the National Food Safety Standard of Enzyme Preparations Used in Food Processing (GB 25594-2010), which was put into force on February 21, 2011. Full text of the standard can be found at: http://www.moh.gov.cn/publicfiles/business/htmlfiles/mohwsjdj/s7891/201012/50200.htm 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. Section V. Pesticides and Other Contaminants: *Maximum Residue Limits for Pesticide in Food WTO Notification G/SPS/N/CHN/313 http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/Maximum%20Residue%20Limits%20for%20Pesticide%20in%2 0Food_Beijing_China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_11-2-2010.pdf Translated version: September 21, 2010 On September 21, 2010, China's Ministry of Agriculture notified the WTO of Maximum Residue Limits for Pesticide in Food as G/SPS/N/CHN/313. This standard establishes 118 maximum residue limits (MRLs) for 54 pesticides, including paraquat, fenbutatin oxide, etc., in foods. Follow-up: On January 21, 2011, Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Health jointly issued the National Food Safety Standard Maximum Residue Limits for 54 Pesticides (including Paraquat) in Foods, which is replaced by the National Food Safety Standard Maximum Residue Limits for Pesticides in Food (GB 2763 - 2012). The new Standard will come into force on March 1, 2013. *Draft for MRL of Avermectins and 63 other Kinds of Pesticides http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/Draft%20for%20MRL%20of%20Avermectins%20and%2063%2 0other%20Kinds%20of%20Pesticides_Beijing_China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_10-24-2012.pdf On August 15, 2012, Ministry of Agriculture of the People’s Republic of China issued a notice in its website, announcing the National Standard of Maximum Residue Limits of Avermectins and 63 Other Kinds of Pesticides in Food (Draft for Comments). The Standards provides main application, acceptable daily intake, residue definition and maximum residue limits of 64 pesticides in food. MOA will accept comments by September 15, 2012, after which, MOA is likely to notify the WTO of the Standards. The proposed date of entry is to be determined. *List of Veterinary Drugs Banned for Use for Food Animals - CH11015 http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/List%20of%20Veterinary%20Drugs%20Banned%20for%20Use %20for%20Food%20Animals_Beijing_China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_3-11-2011.pdf In April, 2002, China’s Ministry of Agriculture published a List of Veterinary Drugs and their Compounds Banned for Use for Food Animals. It applies to both domestically-produced and imported veterinary drugs. *National Food Safety Standard-Maximum Levels of Contaminants in Food – CH10000 WTO Notification G/SPS/N/CHN/312 http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/National%20Food%20Safety%20Standard- Maximum%20Levels%20of%20Contaminants%20in%20Food_Beijing_China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_8-19- 2010.pdf Translated version: August 12, 2010 On August 12, China's Ministry of Health notified the WTO of Maximum Levels of Contaminants in Foods as G/SPS/N/CHN/312. This standard prescribes the maximum levels of Lead, Cadmium, Mercury, Arsenic, Tin, Nickel, Chromium, Nitrate, Nitrite, Benzo[a]pyrene, N nitrosamines, Polychlorinated biphenyls and 3-chloro-1, 2-propanediol in foods. Elimination of Selenium Food Contaminant Standard http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/Elimination%20of%20Selenium%20from%20Food%20Contamin ant%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. Chinese Veterinary Drug MRLs – CH7082 http://www.fas.usda.gov/GainFiles/200711/146292903.pdf 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. 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 (GB 2762-2005) 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. Section VI. Other Regulations and Requirements: * Major Laws, Measures, Regulations, and Provisions *Registration Required for Foreign Food Product Exporters – Update – CH12057 http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/Registration%20Required%20for%20Foreign%20Food%20Produ ct%20Exporters%20%e2%80%93%20Update%20_Beijing_China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_9-25-2012.pdf On October 1st, new registration requirements for exporters and importers of food products to China will go into effect. This report is intended to provide supplemental information to the original GAIN report published June 29, 2012 announcing this new Measure. *Registration Required for Foreign Food Product Exporters -CH12040 http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/Registration%20Required%20for%20Foreign%20Food%20Produ ct%20Exporters_Beijing_China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_6-29-2012.pdf Translated version: April 4, 2012 On April 4, 2012, AQSIQ published a Notice requiring the registration with its Inspection and Quarantine Bureau of exporters and importers of food products to China. For this purpose, AQSIQ developed an E-filing website, http://ire.eciq.cn (bilingual). The new regulations will come into force on October 1, 2012. *Registration of Overseas Food Manufacturing Facilities –CH12020 http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/Registration%20of%20Overseas%20Food%20Manufacturing%2 0Facilities%20_Beijing_China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_6-27-2012.pdf AQSIQ, China’s quarantine authority, published Administrative Measures for Registration of Overseas Manufacturers of Imported Food effective May 1, 2012 (AQSIQ Decree 145). A draft of Decree 145 was notified to the WTO on August 19, 2011 as SPS/ N/472. AQSIQ is determining the registration requirements by industry and, at this time, meat and seafood production facilities are the only industries impacted by this Measure. US meat production facilities are exempt from registration and seafood registration requirements will be enforced after May 1, 2013. Dairy and wine are potentially strong candidates as the next industries subject to registration requirements but no details for these industries have been announced. Until registration requirements are implemented for a particular industry, no additional registration requirements are required to import a manufactured food product to China. *New Certification Regulations on Domestic Organic Products - CH12025 http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/New%20Certification%20Regulations%20on%20Domestic%20O rganic%20Products_Beijing_China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_3-16-2012.pdf China’s Certification and Accreditation Administration (CNCA) released its new certification rules for domestic organic products. These rules became effective on March 1, 2012. * Administrative Measures on Import and Export Food Safety http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/Administrative%20Measures%20on%20Import%20and%20Expo rt%20Food%20Safety_Beijing_China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_12-14-2010.pdf Translated version on November 15, 2010 On November 15, 2010, China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine (AQSIQ) notified the WTO of Administrative Measures on Import and Export Food Safety as G/SPS/N/CHN/314. These measures apply to inspection, quarantine and safety supervision and management of foods for import and export. Follow-up: On September 13, 2011, AQSIQ issued Decree 144 of the Administrative Measures on Import and Export Food Safety, which came into force on March 1, 2012. Admin Measures for Qualification Criteria of Food Inspection Institutions – CH10041 http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/Admin%20Measures%20for%20Qualification%20Cognizance%2 0of%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_China%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 Follow-up: On October 20, 2010, MOH Decree 77 published the Administrative Measures for National Food Safety Standards. Full text can be found at: http://www.gov.cn/flfg/2010-11/10/content_1742131.htm Food Inspection Accreditation – CH9135 http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/Food%20Inspection%20Accreditation_Beijing_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_Beijing_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%20Without%20Domesti c%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 Octob
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