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China Revises Random Food Safety Inspection Protocols

China has announced a number of amendments to its food safety regime. As outlined in the Measures for the Administration of Food Safety Spot Inspections, the key changes are as follows:

  • Scope of Food Safety Impromptu Inspections
    In light of the varying priorities accorded individual inspections, random food safety checks will be defined as regulatory, risk-related or evaluatory as is deemed appropriate
  • Sampling Procedures
    The target establishments of all impromptu food inspections must be chosen randomly, with the designated inspection team selected on the same basis
  • Re-inspection Procedures
    The specified re-inspection interval and the procedures for appointing a re-inspection agency are to be revised. Furthermore, the time limit for the dispatch of additional samples for re-inspection, the submission of reports, the notification of results and other related tasks must be clearly specified
  • Verification and Disposal Measures
    The random inspection and information disclosure mechanism is to be revised and enhanced

As amended by the State Administration for Market Regulation on 30 July, in line with the stipulations of the Food Safety Law and other relevant regulatory requirements, these measures will come into force as of 1 October this year.

Source: State Administration for Market Regulation

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