Having recently joined a trade fair attended by foreign food companies looking to enter the Chinese market, it would seem to be a good time to give an overview of food regulation in China. Thus, the GACC has updated its regulations and some changes have been made.
The scope of registration is expanded
The old regulation required registration only for companies that manufactured products. To learn more, click this link now. This included; meat, aquatic products, dairy products, bird's nest and beekeeping products. However, the new regulation requires registration for processing and producing companies storing these products while exporting to China.
The registration method
Previously, a foreign company producing imported feed had to be registered by the competent authority of the country where the company was located. In the new regulation, this registration method is now determined by the product category. Products that are not on the high risk list can apply on their own or get support from an agency, such as HQTS.
After a food safety assessment, it is no longer essential to provide documents related to animal and plant epidemics, public health, food business registration management, etc. However, the audit report provided by the competent authority and company identification documents are still required.
Innovation in registration approval methods
GACC should organize competent professionals or assign agents to review documents and form a good evaluation team. This team must have at least two members. In addition, the evaluation form can now be completed using equipment, video inspection or even through on-site inspections, etc.
Clarification of Registration Number Management
The old regulation stipulated that the food production company that obtained the registration should mark the registration number on the outer packaging of the product. In the new regulation, the registered enterprise shall mark the inner and outer packaging of the food with the registration number in China or the registration number approved by the competent authority.