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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


Government Watchdog Calls for Enhanced Safety Measures for Imported Seafood

27 Oct 2017

Federal agencies need to do more to ensure the safety of imported seafood, according to a recent report from the Government Accountability Office....Read More


Argentina Implements Mercosur Standards for Food-Contact Cellulosic Materials and Containers

27 Oct 2017

Argentina has incorporated into its domestic legal regime the Mercosur regulations for cellulosic materials, containers and equipment intended to be in contact with food during cooking or oven heating...Read More


Food Safety Concerns Prompt Increased Scrutiny of Pesticides and Veterinary Drugs

20 Oct 2017

In view of the continuing prevalence of the illegal production, trade and use of pesticides and certain veterinary drugs, the General Office of the State Council has announced a number of measures des...Read More


China Approves Import of Thai-sourced Bird’s Nest Products

18 Oct 2017

All Thai bird’s nest products, providing they comply with the relevant quarantine and inspection requirements, may now be imported to China with immediate effect....Read More


INDONESIA: One-Stop Online Halal Certification Service Set for 2018 Launch

17 Oct 2017

Online halal certification will be on offer to producers of foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics following the early 2018 launch of a one-stop government-backed service portal....Read More


Compliance Dates for Updated Nutrition Labels on Packaged Foods May be Postponed

13 Oct 2017

The Food and Drug Administration is proposing to extend the compliance dates for final rules updating the “Nutrition Facts” label for packaged foods and making minor corresponding changes to the “Supp...Read More


Food Safety Incidents in Guangdong Must Be Reported Within Two Hours

3 Oct 2017

In the event of a food safety incident, the entity, food producer or business operator, clinical medical institution, food safety technical institution or social organisation concerned must make a rep...Read More


Canada to Ban Partially Hydrogenated Oils in Food

29 Sept 2017

The Canadian government has decided to adopt a proposal to ban effective from 15 September 2018 the use of partially hydrogenated oils in foods by means of an amendment to Part 1 of the List of Contam...Read More


Operating Licence Now Obligatory for the Sale of All Loose Foods in Guangdong

25 Sept 2017

Any Guangdong-based business selling loose foods by weight is now obliged to secure the relevant operating licence. The requirement, which came into effect as of 1 September this year, was outlined in...Read More


Shenzhen Specifies Cross-Border E-Commerce Wine Quality Data Requirements

19 Sept 2017

Specifications of the exact quality details required for the import of wine via cross-border e-commerce channels have been jointly released by the Market Supervision Administration of Shenzhen and the...Read More


Draft List of Foreign Fisheries to be Subject to Regulatory Requirements for Exports to U.S.

15 Sept 2017

The National Marine Fisheries Service is inviting public comments through 23 October on its draft list of foreign fisheries for 2017, which reflects available information on marine mammal interactions...Read More


Food Facility and Importer Re-inspection Fees Set for FY 2018

18 Aug 2017

The Food and Drug Administration has announced its fiscal year 2018 fee rates for certain domestic and foreign food facility re-inspections, failures to comply with a recall order and importer re-insp...Read More


Action Plan Targets Fraud and Misleading Claims in the Food and Health Food Sectors

8 Aug 2017

An action plan for tackling fraud and false claims in the food and health food sectors has been jointly announced by the State Council’s Food Safety Commission and eight other government departments. ...Read More


CFDA Issues New Rapid Food Testing Guidelines

2 Aug 2017

New guidelines as to the appropriate use of rapid food testing methods have been issued by the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA). The guidelines – Opinions on Standardising the Administration ...Read More

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