Food Safety Law of the People's Republic of China

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On February 28, 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. This Commission will be composed of members from the Ministry of Health (MOH), Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), General Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) and the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC). Other key provisions deal with supervision, monitoring, enforcement, recall, trace back, licensing, registration, and development of standards and regulations.

Mark Petry
Wu Bugang
USDA Foreign Agricultural Service