On January 24, 2024, the General Administration of Customs of China reported that 234 batches of food in December 2023 did not meet safety and hygiene requirements and were rejected at ports.
The top three reasons for food rejection were:
A significant number of non-compliant labeling cases were identified among the food items not allowed entry. Over 40 products from Japan, weighing over 13 tons, were affected. These included pre-packaged foods like ice cream and biscuits.
Differences in food labeling requirements between China and Japan include:
To comply, pre-packaged food from Japan/other countries or regions (with original packaging in Japanese/other languages) must have Chinese labels when entering the Chinese market. These labels should include the product name, type, ingredients, storage conditions, production date, shelf life, country of origin, registration number in China, importer/agent/distributor information, net content, nutritional information, and other necessary details.
Common labeling errors and omissions include:
The National Health Commission of China has recently issued the "General Rules for Pre-packaged Food Labels (Draft for Solicitation of Comments)". This suggests that there may be significant changes to product labeling requirements. Please refer to previous articles for more information.