Date: Aug 21, 2018
To better regulate the fast-growing pet feed market in China, the Chinese government announced detailed rules to strengthen pet feed management with the publication of a set of new pet feed regulations, contained in the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) Announcement No. 20 issued earlier this year. Below is a summary of MARA's new regulations, which took effect on June 1, 2018.
Pet Feed Management Rules
The Management Rules is the overarching regulation governing pet feed. It applies only to pet dog and pet cat feed, and divides pet feed into the following categories:
Notably, a feed production license is required for the local production of pet compound feed and pet feed additive premix. Only substances listed on the Catalogue of Feed Raw Materials and Catalogue of Varieties of Feed Additives may be used in the production of pet feed. Import into China of these two types of pet feed is also subject to import registration.
To obtain the feed production license required under the Management Rules, domestic pet feed manufacturers, per se, must comply with the conditions imposed under the Licensing Requirements for Pet Feed Manufacturers. These detailed conditions target organization and personnel, plant layout and facilities, production process and equipment, and quality inspection and management system. The manufacturer must demonstrate compliance with these conditions in the application as well as during the on-site review by the authorities. The requirements for the application dossier are separately provided in two other regulations issued together with MARA Announcement No. 20.
Labeling and Hygiene
The Pet Feed Labeling Regulation lays down extensive requirements for pet feed labeling, including product names, ingredient declaration, etc. Notably, it contains detailed requirements for making permitted claims on the label, including component claims, functional claims, and characteristics claims. Description or promotion on the prevention or treatment of pet diseases is prohibited.
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