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September 21, 2016

On September 21, the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council's (GCC) Standardization Organization notified the WTO of the final draft of a proposed standard for preserved tomatoes. The proposal includes a section on food additives. An initial draft of the proposed standard was previously published by the Saudi Food and Drug Authority. Comments on the final draft are due to the WTO by November 20, 2016.

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

February 4, 2016

On February 4, the Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures published the draft programme for a thematic session on concerns regarding the application of limits of detection (LOD) for pesticide residues, introduced by India in October 2015.

The proposed programme of the thematic session will be discussed at the March meeting. Comments on India's initial concept paper were submitted by Brazil, Canada, EU, India, Japan, and the U.S.

May 21, 2014

Egypt recently notified the WTO that MRLs for veterinary medical products in imported foodstuffs of animal origin, including meat offal and meat products, must meet Egyptian standards. 

January 17, 2014

On January 17, the WTO published two notifications of recent Canadian food additive amendments.

G/SPS/N/CAN/788 discusses the tannic acid amendment published January 10, 2014.

G/SPS/N/CAN/789 discusses the steviol glycosides amendment published January 14, 2014.

All relevant regulatory changes in both amendments have been included in the International Food Additive Database.

November 27, 2013

China's Food and Drug Administration recently released the draft revisions to its Food Safety Law, which was implemented in 2009.   The draft law has not yet been notified to the World Trade Organization (WTO), causing transparency concerns across U.S. food industries.

There are several new provisions within the revised draft law which have potential implications for U.S. food exporters.  For example, new traceability conditions would require the establishment of purchase inspection and an outgoing inspection for food, raw materials, additives and other inputs.  The law also appears to require on-site inspections of foreign producers exporting to China.  Additionally, new documentation requirements, including the requirement for an inspection certificate, appear to indicate that U.S. agencies would be responsible for pre-shipment testing of exports destined for China.  There is also new language covering the development of national food safety standards as well as local government and ‘enterprise' standards. 

Further details on the requirements of the new draft regulation can be found in the following report from USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). Should China notify the WTO of the draft food safety law, an international comment period is anticipated to follow.

February 14, 2013

China's Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) has notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of a draft MRL amendment (in Chinese). The proposal contains 137 MRLs for 62 active ingredients. MRLs are proposed for a variety of commodities, including fruits, vegetables, cereal grains, and oilseeds. China's MOA is accepting comments on this draft amendment through April 14, 2013.

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