China Policy Update: 2015 Food Safety Law

1. Since 2009, China is updating its food safety law for the first time. The revised Food Safety Law, which came into effect on October 1, 2015, has added 50 new articles compared with 104 in the original law and it is being touted as China’s toughest food safety law to date. The amendment is considered a move toward achieving the strictest ever supervision system for food safety.

2. The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA, www.sfda.gov.cn) is the primary regulatory authority in charge of food safety. Other regulatory authorities such as General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ, www.aqsiq.gov.cn), National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC, www.nhfpc.gov.cn), Ministry of Agriculture (MOA, www.moa.gov.cn) will also regulate food safety and will coordinate and share information with CFDA with respect to food safety issues.

3. Revisions to the food safety law, along with recent amendments to Administrative Measures on the Recall of Food, the Consumer Protection Law and the Advertising Law, indicate that the Chinese government is now considering food safety to be of high priority. By ensuring food safety, China hopes to stimulate consumption of domestic products, especially in areas dominated by the foreign market such as infant formula. The new law grants regulatory bodies more authority, sets harsher penalties for violations, and introduces more guidelines for consumer product manufacturing and production.

5. Post will continue to follow this process very closely and will continue to work with the Chinese authorities on the implementation of this new Food safety law.

About The Philippine Trade and Investment Centre in Beijing

Working with abroad spectrum of government and private sector groups to articulate, develop, promote Philippine trade and investment interests overseas, the Philippine Trade and Investment Centre in Beijing (PTIC Beijing)/the Commercial Section of the Embassy of the Philippines serves as the international trade policy negotiation, trade & investment promotions arm of the Republic of the Philippines in China.

For more information, please get in touch with the Philippine Trade and Investment Center/Commercial Section of the Philippine Embassy in China through:

Telephone Number: +86.10.85865817 Fax Number: +86.10.85865975 Email Address: Beijing@dti.gov.ph

References:

中华人民共和国食品安全法

http://www.npc.gov.cn/npc/cwhhy/12jcwh/2015-04/25/content_1934591.htm


USDA Unofficial Translation o 2015 China Food Safety Law

http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/Amended%20Food%20Safety%20Law%20of%20China_Beijing_China%20-%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_5-18-2015.pdf