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New Implementing Rules for Food Safety Sampling Inspection

21 Feb 2018

In order to further regulate the sampling of food for safety inspection, the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has recently issued the Implementing Rules for National Food Safety Sampling Insp...Read More


FDA Launches Expedited Food Import Programme, Issues New Guidance on FSMA Compliance

15 Feb 2018

The Food and Drug Administration announced on 31 January that it has launched its Voluntary Qualified Importer Program, a fee-based programme that will provide for expedited review and importation of ...Read More


U.S. Continues to Detain Mainland Chinese and Hong Kong Food Products for Various Violations

15 Feb 2018

The FDA regularly issues new and updated import alerts on a broad range of products from a number of countries as part of its mission to prevent the importation of food, drugs, biologics, cosmetics, m...Read More


VIETNAM: Self-Certification Introduced for Quality and Origin of Food Imports

14 Feb 2018

Businesses are to be permitted to self-certify the country of origin and quality of imported food items, while confirming that they comply with Vietnam’s food safety requirements. While these new regu...Read More


VIETNAM: Tighter Regime Introduced for Food Additives

8 Feb 2018

Any food products using additives not pre-approved by the Health Ministry are now barred from being manufactured or distributed in Vietnam, as well as from being imported. The move is intended to brin...Read More


DOC Proposes Trusted Trader Programme for Seafood Imports

2 Feb 2018

The DOC is proposing a Commerce Trusted Trader Program as part of a seafood traceability process designed to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and seafood fraud....Read More


Food Industry Called Upon to Highlight Current Testing Shortfalls

22 Jan 2018

The mainland food industry is being called upon to flag up any overlooked safety concerns or testing shortcomings as the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) looks to overhaul the country’s food ...Read More


Canada Implements MRLs for Spirotetramat in Crops

19 Jan 2018

Pest Control Products Act, Health Canada’s PMRA has notified the WTO that proposed MRLs for Spirotetramat in crops such as stone fruits, tree nuts, carrot roots, sugar beet roots and asparagus are to ...Read More


FDA to Exercise FSMA Enforcement Discretion, Will Soon Move Forward with Expedited Food Import Programme

19 Jan 2018

The Food and Drug Administration has announced its intent to not enforce certain provisions in four rules issued under the Food Safety Modernization Act concerning preventive controls for human and an...Read More


APHIS Announces New Procedure for Soybean Exports to Mainland China

19 Jan 2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service reports that a new procedure for both bulk and container shipments of raw, unprocessed soybeans to mainland China took e...Read More


Seafood Import Monitoring Rules to be Enforced with Informed Compliance Approach

5 Jan 2018

New permitting, reporting and recordkeeping requirements for imports of certain fish and fish products identified as being at particular risk of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing or seafood ...Read More


Refusal of Inspection by Foreign Food Establishments Clarified by FDA

22 Dec 2017

The Food and Drug Administration is accepting comments through 27 February on a draft guidance document outlining what type of actions by a foreign food establishment or foreign government would const...Read More


Peru Bans Canned Fish Imports from Mainland China

22 Dec 2017

Effective 27 November 2017, Peru has banned the importation of all canned fish products from mainland China after it found nematodes in 20 cans of mackerel in tomato sauce. The ban will remain in plac...Read More


New Regulatory Regime Introduced for Online Catering Businesses

21 Dec 2017

As of 1 January 2018, all online catering businesses will be obliged to comply with a series of new regulations issued by the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA)....Read More


Proposal to Relax Size Requirements for Grapefruit under Consideration

8 Dec 2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service is proposing to implement a recommendation from the Citrus Administrative Committee to relax from 3-5/16 inches in diameter to three...Read More


Special Measures for Hong Kong-Mainland Wine Trade Extended to All Ports

24 Nov 2017

The customs facilitation measures currently in place with regard to wine entering the mainland through five key ports via Hong Kong has now been extended to all mainland ports....Read More


FDA Allows Co-Manufacturers More Time to Meet FSMA Rule Requirements

24 Nov 2017

The Food and Drug Administration announced on 3 November the availability of a guidance designed to give certain co-manufacturers more time to meet supplier approval and verification requirements unde...Read More


France Introduces Colour Coded Food Labelling System

17 Nov 2017

On 31 October 2017, France introduced a voluntary labelling scheme for food products. ‘Nutri-Score’, as it is called, ranks the overall nutritional quality of all food except single-ingredient foodstu...Read More


Mexico Amends Various Requirements for Alcoholic Beverages

10 Nov 2017

The Mexican government has adopted new physiochemical specifications, test methods and commercial information requirements for domestically-produced and imported alcoholic beverages....Read More


INDIA: Comprehensive Details of Food Regulations Consolidated Online

6 Nov 2017

All of the regulations relating to the country’s food sector have now been consolidated into one state-run website – the Food Regulatory Portal. Overseen by the Food Safety and Standards Authority, th...Read More

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