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China's new Food Safety Law (FSL) became effective on October 1, 2015. The law was passed earlier this year, in response to several high-profile food safety scandals and the need for China to harmonize with the global practice of food safety management. The new law includes a number of significant changes to China's food regulations and new mechanisms to deepen the reforms.
The revised FSL establishes the basic legal framework for food safety supervision and management; however, like most framework documents, it is short on detail. More details became available in the past few months as the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC); China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA); and General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), along with other administrative agencies, published drafts of several important regulations and national food safety standards.
Some of the draft regulations and standards published since the FSL was passed are discussed below.
While the central government has published or is drafting regulations to enforce the FSL, local governments also are actively developing new implementing rules, which also should be closely monitored by the industry.
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