25 Sept 2014
Online CBA: Is There Any Special Requirement on Exporting Meat to China?
Q: Is There Any Special Requirement on Exporting Meat to China?
A: All foreign production enterprises exporting meat to China (including all kinds of poultry and other meat products, as well as edible by-products and entrails) are required to apply for registration with the Certification and Accreditation Administration (CNCA).
That includes the production, processing and storage of meats exported to China under the supervision of the competent departments in their resident country (region), and must mark the registration number approved by CNCA on the packaging of approved products.
Food products of foreign production enterprises not registered are banned from importation.
When the products of registered foreign production enterprises are imported into China, they must be inspected and quarantined by China’s entry/exit inspection and quarantine department.
Products failing inspection and quarantine would be returned, destroyed or hygienically treated in compliance with the relevant laws and regulations of China. Serious incidents could even result in the deregistration of the enterprises concerned.
The registration number of the foreign production enterprise is exclusive and may not be transferred to any third party for use. Should any registered foreign production enterprise be found to have exported products to China which are not its own nor have transferred its registration number to another enterprise, CNCA would revoke its registration.
For further information, please read Health registration for the meat trade.
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