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China Aims to Completely Overhaul Food Safety Regime by 2035

China has announced plans to phase in a series food safety targets between now and 2035. Initially, in 2020, this will see 97% of all agricultural products required to meet the specified safety and quality levels, while 98% of all food spot checks will be expected to yield a positive result. By 2035, it is then anticipated that the national food safety system will have been fully overhauled and modernised.

Among the facilitatory measures being adopted to deliver on these goals are the following:

  • The formulation of the basic safety, product and testing standards required for the development and supervision of the food industry is to be accelerated
  • The formulation of standards for food additives and other food-related products is to be enhanced
  • The appropriate international food safety standards are to form the basis of new national standards, with the required revision process to be streamlined and expedited
  • Making it mandatory that all online food delivery services must be operated by a duly qualified and licensed bricks-and-mortar catering business

The measures were set out in a joint directive issued by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the State Council.

For further details (in Chinese), please access the following link:

Opinions of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the State Council on Deepening Reform to Strengthen Food Safety (9 May 2019)

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