Formula Review on Prepackaged Food

Background

According to the relevant regulations of People's Republic of China, the formula of prepackaged food (such as drinks, beverages, dairy, fruit juices, oil, baking products, bread, biscuits, chocolate, chips, etc.) must be compliant with the following Chinese laws/standards:

  • 1. Food Safety Law of the People's Republic of China (2015 version)
  • 2. GB 2760-2014 The Usage of Food Additives (Positive list of food additives)
  • 3. GB 14880-2012 The Usage of Nutrition Enhancers (Positive list of food nutrition enhancers)
  • 4. National food safety standard of food raw materials. 
  • 5. Notices of newly approved food raw materials, food additives, and food nutrition enhancers.
  • ………….. 

Food Safety Law indicates that the food products which contain non-compliant raw material, food additives, nutrition enhancer, etc. should be forbidden during custom clearance. The requirements of different food additives/nutrition enhancers in different food products are different.   

Example


Herein we take a prepackaged food-Chocolate as an example to show the Formula review content (The formulation is not a true formulation of an existing product):

Ingredient Name (example)

Percentage % (example)

Coco butter

50%

Sugar

25%

Whole milk

17%

caramel color class-plain

7.1%

PGPR (polyglycerol polyricinoleate)

0.8%

Vanilla flavor

0.1%

Formula Review

Ingredient Name

Ingredient Permitted (Y/N)

Amount Limit

Conclusion

Regulation Reference

Coco butter

Y

No limit

Compliant

GB 9678.2-2014

Sugar

Y

No limit

Compliant

GB 9678.2-2014

Whole milk

Y

No limit

Compliant

GB 9678.2-2014

caramel color class-plain

Y

No limit

Compliant

GB 2760-2014

PGPR

Y

Max 5g/kg

Non-compliant

GB 2760-2014

Vanilla flavor

Y

No limit

Compliant

GB 2760-2014

Note: If the amount of PGPR is decreased to 0.5%, the additive will be compliant with GB 2760-2014.

Review Procedures


Our services

  • Formula Review
  • Label Review and Translation
  • Food Nutrition testing
  • Food National Standard (GB) Compliance Testing
  • Food regulatory training and consultation 

Links

  1. Prepackaged Food Regulatory Compliance Service
  2. Label Review and Translation of Prepackaged Food
  3. Food National Standard (GB) Compliance Testing