China recently proposed plans to enact or revise 81 food safety standards in 2019.
Written by Xiaolu Wang, Regulatory Research Analyst - Asia Pacific, Verisk 3E, an EHSQ Alliance Affiliate.
(This post was originally published on the Verisk 3E blog on 5 June 2019 and it was updated on 20 June 2019. Republished with permission).
China proposed plans to enact or revise 81 food safety standards in 2019, including regulations for food contact silicone, measures for the control of lead contamination and various other major standards. Published on 22 May 2019 the proposal was open for public consultation until 1 June 2019.
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Issued by the National Health Commission of China, the Invite for Response to the Proposed 2019 Legislative Plan for National Food Safety Standards (关于公开征求2019年度食品安全国家标准立项计划（征求意见稿）意见的函) identifies major legislative targets for the food safety administration in 2019. The plan envisages enacting or revising a total of 81 National Food Safety Standards in 2019 in the following categories:
- Standards for food products
- Standards for health foods and special dietary supplements, such as the National Food Safety Standards for Labels of Pre-packaged Foods for Special Dietary Uses (GB 13432-2013) and the National Food Safety Standards - General Rules for Sports Nutrition Foods (GB 24154-2015)
- Standards for food additives – a total of 10 quality specification standards for food additives, such as beta-carotene and lutein, are proposed to be revised or newly drafted
- Standards for nutrition enhancers – 15 national food safety standards would be revised or issued to regulate the quality specifications of nutrition enhancers
- Standards for food contact materials – the product quality standard for food contact silicone would be drafted and issued following the adoption of the proposal
- Standards for production and sales of food products, such as rules for the prevention and control of lead contamination in the process of food production
- Testing standards – a total of 37 testing standards covering agricultural products, food products, as well as food contact materials and articles would also be drafted and issued
No specific deadlines have been identified for the revision or issuance of the listed standards under the proposal.
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Companies that operate in the food industry should note that the National Health Commission recently proposed a legislative plan for 2019. This plan outlines the major legislative goals for 2019 concerning food safety. The proposal covers food products, food contact materials and agricultural products.
Affected companies were invited to review the proposal and submit any comments to the National health Commission by 1 June 2019. We expect the authorities to finalize the plan in two to three months.
Ms. Xiaolu Wang brings extensive legal and regulatory knowledge and expertise in the field of environmental, health, and safety (EHS) compliance to Verisk 3E. One of the major topics that Ms. Wang closely monitors and analyzes is food contact material-related regulations in multiple Asian countries, including China, Japan and Korea. Ms. Wang recently conducted an in-depth analysis of 160 Chinese technical standards for food contact materials, including national and industrial standards that are currently in force. She identified applicable migration limits for food contact materials from these standards and ensures that they are reflected in Verisk 3E's regulatory compliance tools.
Before joining Verisk 3E as a regulatory analyst for the Asia Pacific region, she worked for a regulatory consulting firm based in DC as a senior regulatory specialist, monitoring and analyzing regulatory changes in Asia on EHS related issues, including renewable energy, air/water pollution prevention, hazardous chemicals, food contact materials, natural resource restrictions, cosmetics and medical devices. In addition, she worked as a litigator in Beijing, advising her clients on corporate law and contracts.
Ms. Wang obtained her Bachelor of Laws degree (JD equivalent) from the Capital Normal University (CNU) in Beijing, China and a Master of Laws degree (LL.M) from American University in Washington DC. She is a licensed attorney admitted to the bars of China and the State of New York. She is a native Chinese (Mandarin) speaker and fluent in English.
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