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December 30, 2016
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This week, China's Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) promulgated the 2016 version of the National Food Safety Standard – Maximum Residue Limits for Pesticides in Food. The new MRL standard is an updated version of China's GB 2763-2014, reportedly adding 490 MRLs for 433 active ingredients.

Although China's MOA has announced the updated GB 2763-2016 standard, the actual MRL regulation has not been made publicly available. China's MRLs will be updated in the Global MRL Database to reflect the new standard once the standard is published. 

China's National MRL Standard had not been amended since its implementation on August 1, 2014. The new version is part of China's Five-Year plan (2016-2020) for the establishment of approximately 6,000 new MRLs.

November 17, 2016
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On November 17, China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission approved additional uses for seven already permitted additives. The announcement notifying these changes is available in Chinese.

China’s updated food additive regulation is in the process of being analyzed and will be entered into the International Food Additive Database by November 28, 2016. If you are interested in subscribing, please contact BCI.

November 4, 2016
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On November 3, China’s Ministry of Agriculture initiated a public consultation on draft MRL amendments to its National Food Safety Standards in Food. Amendments (in Chinese) include:

Comments are due by December 5, 2016. Relevant proposed MRLs will be added to the Global MRL Database following the careful analysis of the draft amendment over the next week.

October 27, 2016
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On October 25, China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) published 15 national food safety standards, including three standards for food additives. Comments are due by November 25, 2016.

China's food additive regulations, translated into English, are included in the International Food Additive Database.  If you are interested in subscribing, please contact BCI for more information.

October 25, 2016
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On October 24, China’s Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) notified the WTO of 233 proposed MRLs for 99 pesticides in foods.

The proposal is currently only available in Chinese. Proposed MRLs will begin to display in the Global MRL Database following translation and further analysis of the draft amendment. All MRLs will be entered by October 28, 2016.

September 15, 2016
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On September 14, China's National Health and Family Planning Commission published 246 regulatory documents, including new and updated specification standards for many food additives.

China's food additive regulations are included in the International Food Additive Database.  If you are interested in subscribing, please contact BCI for more information.

September 13, 2016
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On September 12, the USDA Food and Agricultural Service (FAS) recently published a report on China’s new draft standards for MRLs notified to the WTO.

Proposed MRLs are available in the Global MRL Database.

August 10, 2016
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On August 3, China's National Health and Family Planning Commission approved the use of three new food additives. Furthermore, additional uses were also approved for eight already permitted additives. The announcement notifying these changes is available in Chinese.

China's updated food additive regulation is in the process of being analyzed and entered into the International Food Additive Database.  If you are interested in subscribing, please contact BCI.

August 5, 2016
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On August 5, China's Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) notified the WTO of 1058 proposed MRLs for 160 pesticides in foods.

The proposal is currently only available in Chinese. Proposed MRLs will begin to display in the Global MRL Database following translation and further analysis of the draft amendment.

July 11, 2016
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On June 30, China's National Health and Family Planning Commission approved the use of ten new food additives. Furthermore, additional uses were also approved for nineteen already permitted additives. The announcement notifying these changes is available in Chinese.

China's updated food additive regulation is in the process of being analyzed and entered into the International Food Additive Database.  If you are interested in subscribing, please contact BCI for more information.

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