21 Feb 2014
China Updates labeling of prepackaged foodstuff for special dietary uses
An updated standard the “national food safety standard, the labeling of prepackaged foodstuffs for special dietary uses” (GB 13432-2013) has been issued by People Republic of China (PRC) National Health and Family Planning Commission in the 11th official announcement on 26 December 2013. This standard will be effective on 1 July 2015, and the old one will be withdrawn at the same time.1
The updated standard provides the definition of special dietary foodstuffs and defines the application scope compared to the old one (GB 13432-2004).
The updated standard prescribes the detailed labeling requirements for infant foods and special medical foods. It is one of the standards in the national foodstuffs labeling system, which includes “General Principles on Prepackaged Foodstuff” (GB 7718-2011), “General Principles on the Nutrition Labels of Prepackaged Foodstuff” (GB 28050-2011) and this updated standard. The national labeling system is consistent with the Codex Alimentarius Commission standard.
The updated standard prescribes that “no content and functional claims can be listed on the label for infant foods for 0 - 6 months” and some other items. This standard will provide an overall safeguard and help harmonize nutrition statements, avoiding overstating and false claims on infant foods.
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