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China: Inspection and Preventive Disinfection Work Plan for Imported High Risk Non-Cold Chain Container Cargo

China | 07 01, 2021

On 7 January 2021, the Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism of the State Council (JPCMSC) on COVID-19 issued the  Inspection and Preventive Disinfection Work Plan for Imported High Risk Non-Cold Chain Container Cargo (in Mandarin). The Work Plan aims to prevent the spread of COVID-19 through the imported high risk non-cold chain container cargo, strengthen the COVID-19 inspection work for imported goods, as well as realise the goal of ensuring safety, effectiveness, efficiency and economy in the country. Besides, the Work Plan also highlights that it is important to ensure the efficiency of custom clearance and smooth operation in the supply chain while maintaining the safety of the imported goods. The Work Plan applies to  Packaging of high risk non-cold chain goods which...

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China: Disinfection Guidelines for Imported High Risk Non-Cold Chain Containers and Outer Packaging of Goods

China | 21 01, 2021

On 21 January 2021, following the gazette of Inspection and Preventive Disinfection Work Plan for Imported High Risk Non-Cold Chain Container Cargo (in Mandarin), the Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism of the State Council in Response to the...

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India: Food Safety and Standards (Packaging) Regulations, 2018

India | 20 01, 2021

On 20 January 2021, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) proposed amendment to the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging) Regulations, 2018 through the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging) First Amendment Regulations, 2021. The am...

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Korea: Functional Labelling

South Korea | 29 12, 2020

On 29 December 2020, the South Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) announced the enactment of regulations on functional labelling or advertisement of food etc, that are not viewed as unfair...

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Korea: Labelling Standards for Genetically Modified Foods

South Korea | 28 01, 2021

On 28 January 2021, the South Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) proposed amendments to the Labelling Standards for Genetically Modified Food with the Notice No. 2021-035. A summary of the...

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China: Voluntary Standard on Plant-based Meat Products

China | 19 01, 2021

On 19 January 2021, the USDA reported that the China Institute of Food Science and Technology (CIFST) issued the voluntary group standard for plant-based meat products on 25 December 2020. The standar...

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China NHC Announced Approval and Amendments of Food Additives

China | Feb 20, 2021

On 20 February 2021, the China National Health Commission (NHC) announced the establishment and amendments involving ten food additives. A summary of the amendments and approval of new food additives is given below: New enzyme varieties, where the...

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China NHC Announced Establishment and Amendments to Food Contact Materials

China | Feb 20, 2021

On 20 February 2021, the China National Health Commission (NHC) announced the establishment and amendments to food contact materials. A summary of the amendments is given below: Amendments to varieties of food contact materials Addition of calc...

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Indonesia BPJPH Opened Consultation on Draft Regulation Regarding the Implementation of Halal Product Assurance

Indonesia | Feb 12, 2021

On 12 February 2021, the Indonesia Halal Product Assurance Organising Agency (BPJPH), Ministry of Religious Affairs notified the WTO (G/TBT/N/IDN/131) regarding the draft Government Regulation for the Implementation of Halal Product Assurance. The co...

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United States EPA Established MRLs for Certain Pesticides for Some Agricultural Commodities

US | Feb 19, 2021

On 19 February 2021, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notified WTO of the establishment of tolerances (MRL) for residues of the pesticides orthosulfamuron, emamectin benzoate, fluxametamide and clopyralid in some agricultural c...

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Japan MHLW Proposed Amendments to the Maximum Residue Limits for Certain Agricultural Chemicals

Japan | Feb 15, 2021

On 15 February 2021, the Japan Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) notified the WTO to propose amendments to the maximum residue limits (MRLs) for certain agricultural chemicals, including pesticides such as tiadinil, cyflumetofen, thiencar...

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Taiwan FDA Announced Amendments to the Standards for Specification, Scope, Application and Limits of Food Additives

Chinese Taipei | Feb 22, 2021

On 22 February 2021, the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) announced amendments to the Standards for Specification, Scope, Application and Limits of Food Additives. The amendments will come into force on 1 July 2022. A summary of the amendme...

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Thailand FDA Revised Standards for Oils and Fats

Thailand | Feb 09, 2021

On 9 February 2021, the Thailand Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revised standards for oils and fats through Ministerial Notification No.421 B.E. 2564 (2021). The revised standards will come into force with immediate effect, however, a 2-year grac...

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Thailand FDA Issued Standards of Fish Oil

Thailand | Jan 11, 2021

On 11 January 2021, the Thailand Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the specifications and standards of fish oil through Ministerial Notification (No.422) B.E. 2564 (2021). The regulation will come into force with immediate effect, however, a...

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