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China Tightens Regulation of Infant Food Raw Materials and Additives

Children’s food manufacturers are to be required to conduct more stringent raw material testing, as well as to restrict the use of additives, in line with new guidelines recently issued by the State Administration for Market Regulation.

Under the terms of the guidelines – Provisions for Further Strengthening the Regulation of Cereal-Based Supplementary Food for Infants and Young Children – manufacturers must adhere to strict production protocols and ensure full compliance with the Food Safety Law, as well as all other relevant regulations, including the pertaining national food safety standards.

Among the specific stipulations are the following:

  • Manufacturers must conduct an annual on-site assessment of all their rice, millet and other major raw material suppliers
  • Manufacturers reliant on rice as a raw material must inspect every batch in order to determine its level of heavy metal content (including its exact concentration of lead and cadmium).
  • All provisions regarding the use of food additives must be strictly adhered to. Specifically, food additives must only be used in accordance with National Food Safety Standard: Standard for the Use of Food Additives (GB 2760), the National Food Safety Standard: Standard for the Use of Nutritional Fortification Substances in Foods (GB 14880) requirements and their supplemental guidelines. The level of food additives used must not exceed the maximum permitted amount.

For further details (in Chinese), please access the following link:

Circular of the State Administration for Market Regulation on the Issuance of Provisions for Further Strengthening the Regulation of Cereal-Based Supplementary Food for Infants and Young Children (Guo Shi Jian Shi Sheng No. 239 [2018])

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