National Food Safety Standard General Standard for the Labeling of Prepackaged Foods – translation
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by Chinafoodlaw
2y ago
National Food Safety Standard General Standard for the Labeling of Prepackaged Foods translation This standard replaces GB 7718-2004 “General Standard for the Labeling of Prepackaged Foods”. In comparison with GB 7718-2004 $2.00 ..read more
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Extreme Labeling: Claims Trademarks
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by Chinafoodlaw
3y ago
We saw a packaged yogurt showing this label: We noticed on this label: the product registered trademark 简爱 (pron: Jian Ai, i.e. “Simple Love”); what seems to be a list of ingredients which can be translated as: raw milk, sugar, lactic acid bacteria, there is nothing else. While the product brand “简爱” is clearly declared as a registered trademark ®, no such statement seems to be done for “there is nothing else”. It could actually be argued that – in the above picture – “there is nothing else” is not used as a trademark, but just as a common sentence, a voluntary claim. Simple Love is a Chine ..read more
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Labels
The China Food Law Blog
by Chinafoodlaw
3y ago
In an attempt to better communicate some key-contents of the food labeling regulations, SAMR has published a “Picture to understand the label of pre-packaged food” post on their website. This is a kind of simplified guidelines/vademecum for consumers to understand the main details of food labels that they should pay attention to. Some of the key contents include: Specifies that “prepackaged food” does not include bulk food nor “made-and-sold- on-site” food; Stresses the importance of naming foods in compliance with regulated definition. For example, fruit juice with addition of water shall ..read more
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China’s healthier choice
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by Chinafoodlaw
3y ago
Voluntary and simplified nutrition labels are more and more common all around the world. The general assumption is that mandatory nutritional labels, while displaying nutritional information in the most appropriate possible way, have become too complicated for the average consumer to understand, and this can ultimately frustrate their purpose to guide consumers to wise dietary choices. So, more and more, in addition to the mandatory nutritional labeling, we see (usually – but not always – on the front of pack) colored or graphic icons that try to summarize the nutritional information. The Worl ..read more
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New meat is coming
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by Chinafoodlaw
3y ago
Since April 22 Starbucks is serving, in its stores in China, prepackaged meals with plant-based meat ingredients. In particular, we see five meals offered, two with plant-based “beef” by Beyond Meat (a pasta, a lasagna and a roll) and two with plant-based “Omnipork” by PLANT A FOODS HONG KONG LIMITED (a vietamese-style rice noodles, and a prepacked mixed vegetables salad, which also includes mushroom-taste Omnipork and a pasta).  Ingredients Omnipork sub-ingredient lists count 16 items: water, concentrated soy protein, isolated soy protein, methyl cellulose, yeast extract, maltodextrin, p ..read more
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Food industry taking regulatory leadership: group standards
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by Chinafoodlaw
3y ago
Group standards are a new kind of standards, introduced by the new PRC Standardization law of 2018. Some examples are T/CNFIA 101-2017 on Coloring Foods issued by China National Food Industry Association, T/CNNS 002-2018 for Meal Replacement issued by the China Nutrition Society and T/GDL 1-2019 issued by Guangdong Light Industry Alliance for Resistant Dextrin. In general, standards are classified into national standards, industry standards, local standards, group standards and enterprise standards. Only national standards can be mandatory standards; all other standards are recommended – meani ..read more
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Meal replacement towards a long awaited regulation
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by Chinafoodlaw
3y ago
Overweight and obesity are more and more important risk factor in Chinese society for chronic diseases, such as cardio, diabetes and hypertension. For example, various nutritional and dietary studies show that a majority of Chinese people have an excessive average daily cooking oil intake (42.1 grams versus the recommended 25-30g), that energy intake from fats accounts more than 35% for half of the adult population; 77% of Chinese people risk inadequate intake of vitamins A and B1, etc.. At the same time, more and more consumers are developing healthy eating awareness; this also is paving the ..read more
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Corona virus impact on food industry
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by Chinafoodlaw
3y ago
China is slowly coming out of a long period of shutdown due to the corona virus outbreak. This has profoundly changed the daily lives of people, and it left a deep sign in business as well. Food industry has been uniquely impacted by this. Since the beginning of the outbreak, food production companies have been amongst the few authorized to maintain operations going – even when all other business were prevented from resuming operations from their business place. Some of them saw their business growing significantly – we refer for instance to frozen food companies, or to health-food sales (as i ..read more
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Another labeling piece coming – Food Labeling Supervision Administrative Measures
The China Food Law Blog
by Chinafoodlaw
3y ago
Hot period for food labeling in China, indeed. Beside the new draft GB 7718, SAMR had also released – on November 21, 2019 –the draft version of “Food Labeling Supervision Administrative Measures” for public comments (submission period lasted until December 20, 2019). Food Labeling Supervision Administrative Measures have indeed a broader scope than GB 7718, as it also includes provisions about non-pre packed foods (such as bulk food, and made-and-sold-onsite foods), and health foods. These Measures are a so-called ministerial regulation (部门规章), thus enjoy a higher hierarchical standard than G ..read more
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New draft GB 7718 – main changes
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by Chinafoodlaw
3y ago
2019 ended with a “roar” from the food regulator. New draft GB 7718 (the fundamental standard for labeling of pre-packaged food) has in fact been released for public comments on 31 December 2019. Comments can be submitted until 28 February 2020. When it will be approved in its final version, the impact will be huge on food companies. Here a brief summary of some of the most relevant provisions, many of which were already included in the preliminary draft of December 2018. Allergens Ingredients containing allergens – as widely announced – become a mandatory item. In particular, the mandatory al ..read more
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