China Standards for Inspection on Import Food and Food Additives
On July 22, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) published a joint announcement on “Relevant Applicable Standards for Inspection on Import Food and Food Additives” as they relate to the new Chinese Food Safety Law (CH9019). Post has published several GAIN Reports about the Food Safety Law and its implementation regulations (CH9018, CH9019, CH9040), including MOH draft regulations (CH9051) which will implement specific aspects of the Food Safety Law.
“Announcement on the Relevant Applicable Standards for Inspection on Import Food and Food Additives” can be found in the original Chinese version on AQSIQ website at following link: http://www.aqsiq.gov.cn/zwgk/jlgg/zjgg/2009/200907/t20090730_123267.htm. Appendix 1 through 3 are very significant, but large, documents and can be downloaded from the same web page. The three appendices include: (1) List of import food and the corresponding applicable standards; (2) List of food additives that are allowed to be used in China and the corresponding applicable standards; (3) List of food flavorings that are allowed to be used in China and the corresponding applicable standards.
This document is particularly important because of the effective delay in implementation afforded to foods and food additives that have previously been imported into China. Paragraph two of the announcement contains the language relating to previous “record of imports.”