Breaking News: AQSIQ Gives Food Industry Two-Year Extension on Imported Foods Certification Requirement
On September 25th 2017, China notified the WTO of an addendum to Notification G/TBT/N/CHN/1209 providing a transition period of two years to implement the controversial certification requirement for foods exported to China, which is set forth in the proposed Administrative Measures on General Certification of Imported Food (hereinafter "Administrative Measures").
The notification states that "according to the comments and application received, China decided to provide a transitional period of 2 years for the Measures, namely from October
China has been thinking of implementing a certification system for imported food since 2016. After consulting with stakeholders, a draft regulation was officially notified to the WTO on June 19, 2017, which mandates that foods exported to China be accompanied by an official certificate issued by a competent authority in the exporting country to confirm that the food is manufactured under proper government supervision and is suitable for human consumption. Failure to submit such a certificate will result in rejection at the port of entry in China.
As we reported in the latest CRM regarding the draft Implementing Regulations of the Food Safety Law, one of the key concerns on the proposed certification is that it applies to every imported food without distinction based on associated food safety risks. Notably, certain
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