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The People's Republic of China Regulations

General requirements for import

Food Safety Law of the People's Republic of China (2015): Establishes a food safety risk monitoring system to monitor food-borne disease, food contamination and risk factors in food in order to ensure food safety and protect public health. Furthermore, the law provides guidance about food safety standards, food inspections and all requirements for importing food.

Decree of General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China N. 135: Provides measures of inspection, quarantine and supervision for importing and exporting seafood. These measures are put in place to strengthen the inspection and quarantine for aquatic products when they enter the country to guarantee quality, safety and sanitation, prevent the transfer of animal diseases and protect the safety of fishery products and public health.

Frontier Health and Quarantine Law of the People’s Republic of China: Explains how the quarantine inspections take place at borders. In doing so, the law provides guidance to prevent infectious diseases from spreading into or out of the country, carry out frontier health as well as quarantine inspections and protect public health.

Additives, contaminants, antimicrobials and residues

National Food Safety Standard-Maximum Levels of Contaminants in Food: Prescribes the maximum levels of contaminants and residues of veterinary drugs to be found in food.

Specific information can be found at the following link:
http://www.seafish.org/media/publications/China_Max_levels_of_contaminants_in_food.pdf

National Food Safety Standard for Food Additive Use: Provides guidance about additives that are permitted to be added to food sold in China and their maximum limits.

Specific information can be found at the following link:

https://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/Standard%20for%20Food%20Additive%20Use%20-%20GB2760-2015_Beijing_China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_4-28-2015.pdf

Microbiological and Organic Criteria

National Standards of People’s Republic of China - National Food Safety Standard: “Limits of Pathogenic Bacteria in Food”: Specifies requirements for the maximum limits of pathogenic bacteria to be found in food and corresponding testing methods.

Traceability

Global Agricultural Information Network Report (FDA): Indicates that China requires the following documents for seafood imports:

  • NOAA’s health certificate
  • Certificate of origin
  • Shipping form by carrier
  • Commercial invoice
  • Quarantine inspection permi
  • China custom's clearance form

Labelling and Packaging 

Food Safety Law of the People's Republic of China (2015): Section 3 provides instructions on labelling, specifying what must be reported on a label.

Decree of General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China N. 135: Provides the necessary criteria for labelling and packaging of foodstuffs.

 

How do you find the last consolidated version of the regulations?

http://english.aqsiq.gov.cn/LawsandRegulations/

http://www.cirs-group.com/food/regulations&standards/

Last update: 6/11/2017

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