• On September 28, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China (AQSIQ) issued the draft “Administrative Measures for Inspection and Supervision of Imported Foods at Port,” to assist ports with their inspection of imported food products. The public comment period closed on October 29. Under the Measures, every batch of imported foods should be declared to local China Inspection and Quarantine CIQs and accompanied by the required import documentation five days before the products arrive at port.
  • On September 30, the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) issued the “General Principles for Review of Food Operation License (Trial).” The General Principles address the basic requirements for operation license review, food sale license review, food and beverage service license review, and staff cafeteria license review. The Principles provide guidance to food operations on the requirements that should be fulfilled in order to obtain these licenses. As these principles are being implemented on a trial basis, they may be revised in the future.