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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


Four-Point Risk Classification Set to be Trialled for Tianjin Food Businesses

21 July 2017

The level of risk presented by any food-related business in the Tianjin area is, in future, to be rated on a four-point scale, ranging from low to high. The move was outlined in the Measures of the Ti...Read More


New Food Labelling, Insurance and Origin Tracking Rules Announced

21 July 2017

Taiwan's Ministry of Health and Welfare to introduce seven new food-safety regulations this month....Read More


FDA Updates Policy on Release Without Notification to Reflect Current De Minimis Level

21 July 2017

The Food and Drug Administration has updated previously issued guidance to clarify that FDA-regulated goods in five categories may be released without notification to the FDA for the purpose of determ...Read More


USDA Issues Compliance Guide for Imported Meat, Poultry and Egg Products

21 July 2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is requesting comments by 5 September on guidance intended to help U.S. importers, customs brokers, official import inspection e...Read More


India Revises Food Fortification Regulation

20 July 2017

On May 19, 2017, the Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FFSAI) revised a draft regulation related to fortified food products including salt, vanaspati, wheat flour (Atta), vegetable oil, mil...Read More


Guangdong: Licence Now Required for Manufacture of Food-Related Products

18 July 2017

New measures regarding the supervision and administration of the production and processing of food-related products in Guangdong have recently been issued....Read More


USDA Proposal Would Allow Imports of Mainland Chinese Cooked Poultry Products

7 July 2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued a controversial proposal to list mainland China as eligible to export poultry products from birds slaughtered in the ...Read More


FDA Launches On-line Applications for Third-Party Accreditation Body Recognition

7 July 2017

The Food and Drug Administration has launched a website where organisations can apply to be recognised as a third-party accreditation body. Foreign governments and agencies or private third parties ma...Read More

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