22 Jan 2018
Food Industry Called Upon to Highlight Current Testing Shortfalls
The mainland food industry is being called upon to flag up any overlooked safety concerns or testing shortcomings as the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) looks to overhaul the country’s food inspection regime. The call came in the CFDA’s recently-issued Guidelines for Developing Additional Food Testing Methods and is in line with its mission of establishing an accurate and reliable food testing regime, with the flexibility to address a number of new and continuing problems, including high levels of pesticides / veterinary drug content, the adulteration of foodstuffs with non-edible additives, illicit food production practices and illegal / misleading marketing initiatives.
To this end, testing institutions, food producers, distributors, retailers, scientific research institutions, food industry associations and consumer bodies have all been urged to highlight any food safety concerns not covered by the current testing regime, while also recommending new procedures that could remedy such oversights. In the first instance, any individual or organisation that has a relevant suggestion or insight should submit a proposal to their local provincial-level CFDA office.
For further details (in Chinese), please refer to the following website: