NHFPC to Approve 121 New Food Safety National Standards

Original Article by Alice Yang from CIRS

On 23rd October 2014, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of the People’s Republic of China (NHFPC) has published a notice for public comments on the approval of 121 new food safety national standards. The deadline for comments feedback is 25th November 2014.

These national standards mainly involve 4 aspects, food additives and nutrition enhancers, food related products, food contact materials (FCM) and testing methods.

Highlights of this NHFPC Notice

  1. There are 55 new national standards regarding food additives and nutrition enhancers have been approved, such as shellac, trisodium citrate, paprika orange, sodium metabisulphite, phosphoric acid and etc.
  2. National standards regarding the testing methods of certain food additives, nutrition enhancers, radioactive substances in foods and the physical-chemical index of foods have been updated, such as the determination of protein, fat, sodium, moisture, ash in foods.
  3. 3 new national standards on microorganism examination for common mycotoxin producing fungi, Escherichia coli O157/NM and Clostridium botulinum and botulinus toxin have been modified.
    For example, the examination of Escherichia coli O157/NM that has been revised with the scope of application is narrowed and the quantities of testing methods are reduced.
  4. 8 new food safety national standards on testing methods in regard to food contact materials (FCM) have been issued to replace the previous ones.

Please pay more attention to these new China national standards with several changes which may affect food importation in China in the future.

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