Food Regulation, Food Labeling, Import Regulation

Food Safety Law of the People's Republic of China

    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,...
Mark Petry
Wu Bugang
USDA Foreign Agricultural Service

Guide to UK Legal Compliance and Good Practice for Business Documentation: Materials and Articles in Contact with Food

This guide is relevant to companies that, in the course of their business, manufacture and/or use materials and articles intended to come into contact with food, or that could be brought into contact with food or that could be the source of chemical migration into food. These companies range from...
Richard Sinclair
UK Food Standard Agency

Imports From China and Food Safety Issues

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) increased attention to food imports from China is an indicator of safety concerns as imported food becomes more common in the United States. U.S. food imports from China more than tripled in value between 2001 and 2008. Addressing safety risks...
Fred Gale
Jean C. Buzby
USDA Economic Research Service

Chinese government certification requirements of U.S. exporters

This report lists export certifications for quality, quarantine, and import control required by the Chinese government from U.S. exporters of food and agricultural products.
USDA FAS Beijing Staff
USDA Foreign Agricultural Service

Organic Products Regulations, Canada

    Final version of the Canadian Organic Products Regulation. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada These Regulations apply to food and drink intended for human consumption and food intended to feed livestock, including agricultural crops used for those purposes. They also apply to the...
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Canada Gazette

USDA Requirements for Implementing Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling

Simply put, mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) requires specified food retailers to inform their customers of the country of origin of covered commodities. The Federal requirements for mandatory COOL stem from the 2002 Farm Bill, which amended the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 to add...
Warren P. Preston
Soo Kim
Choices magazine, a publication of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association