7 July 2016
Online CBA: Our Company Plans to Open a Restaurant in China. Do We Have to Apply for the Hygiene Licence and Food Business Licence?
Q: Our company plans to open a restaurant in China. Do we have to apply for the hygiene licence and food business licence?
A: Pursuant to the Decision of the State Council on Integrating and Adjusting the Hygiene Licence and the Food Business Licence for Catering Service Establishments, China abolished the hygiene licence for catering service establishments with effect from 3 February 2016. Hygiene licences for restaurants, coffee shops, bars and teahouses issued by local health departments were abolished while the content of the food business licence is consolidated into the food business licence issued by the food and drug administration department.
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