China Increases Dairy Import Regulations

CHINA - Domestic buyers will be responsible for recalling unsafe dairy products imported from overseas and for making the recall information public, a draft regulation has proposed.
calendar icon 31 December 2010
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The regulation, proposed by the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), will remain on the administration's website for public input until Jan 8, reports The China Daily.

'In cases where domestic buyers fail to recall problematic dairy products, related quality supervision departments should recall the products and report to the AQSIQ. The AQSIQ retains the right to issue risk warnings,' the draft said.

It also noted that if the exporting country encounters dairy product safety crises, the AQSIQ may restrict or suspend dairy trade with the country.

For countries and regions exporting raw milk and similar products to China for the first time, the AQSIQ required information about the country's or region's public health laws and regulations, veterinary services, safety and sanitation controls, and residue and animal disease monitoring.

For those exporting other dairy products to China for the first time, information on raw material sources, production and processing techniques, and the use of ingredients and additives are required.

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