3 Dec 2019
China’s Amended Food Safety Law Set to Come Into Effect
The existing Regulations on the Implementation of the Food Safety Law, which have been in force since July 2009, have been amended upon approval by the State Council. The revised regulations will, with the signing of State Council Order No. 721 by Premier Li Keqiang, take effect from 1 December 2019.
The Regulations aim to refine the enforcement framework of the Food Safety Law by addressing how it is implemented. They seek to strengthen food safety supervision by mandating local authorities above country level to establish a uniform and authoritative supervision mechanism, in order to improve their regulatory capacity. They also provide for additional regulatory measures such as random/remote supervision and inspection. As well as making improvements to the informer reward system, they also put in place a system to blacklist serious offenders involved in illegal production and operation, and a joint punishment system for discredited businesses.
Source: State Council