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Draft Rules for Infant Formula Processors Launched (20130916)

Draft Rules for Infant Formula Processors Launched (20130916)

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Draft Rules for Infant Formula Processors Launched
The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) issues a draft version of revisedregulations for infant formula.
infant formula, CFDA, professor, food safety, raw materials, R & D, informationmanagement, storage, distribution According toDairy Products China News 1309 issued by CCM,on 2 August, the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) issued the draft revised version of the proposed DetailedRules for Infant Formula Processor Approval for 2013 to solicit opinions from the dairy industryand the public (the previous version was issued by the General Administration of QualitySupervision, Inspection and Quarantine and took effect from 1 November 2010). The periodfor receiving comment on the revised draft lasted for 13 days and closed on 15 August.Compared with the old version, the new draft is more specific and includes some newregulations, aiming to increase the requirements for infant formula processors in productionand management aspects. Some new regulations are notable:
• Food safety management. Processors are required to impl
ement Hazard Analysis CriticalControl Point (HACCP) and Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) systems. Companies arerequired to set up a quality and safety management department, with full-time managersresponsible for the establishment, implementation and i
mprovement of the company’s food
safety and quality system
• Raw materials. Processors using raw milk are required to build their own dairy farms, while
those using milk powder are required to have a clear, defined and controlled milk source(whether through building their own farms, cooperating with other companies or having firmcontractual relationships in place with producers); water supply for processing and cleaningshould be purified to meet the quality standards in the Pharmacopoeia of China; processorsmust make a safety and quality assessment of their raw material suppliers and sign a qualityassurance agreement with them, in which both sides must take on responsibility for quality
• R&D capability. Processors should establish an R&D department c
apable of developing new
infant formula products, determining the products’ shelf life, researching potential risk factors
in the production process and taking corresponding measures. The department should haveno less than 5 researchers, including at leas
t 2 senior engineers or holders of a master’s
• Information management. A searchable system should be established to provide information
on labelling, packaging, quality standards and factory inspection report for consumers;processors must record data on their operations from raw material procurement through toproduct sales in order to establish a complete product traceability system
• Storage and distribution. The storage area should have enough space to house all goods in
an orderly fashion, including raw materials, finished products, packing materials etc; thewarehouse should be able to protect the goods from the effects of the climate; the companyshould complete data records on materials circulationIn addition to the above aspects, some other regulations are more specific and stricter compared with the old version. For example, in terms of production facilities, the requirementsinclude cleanliness of the production environment, required production equipment anddetection equipment, etc. More pieces of equipment are required than before: 13 dry blendersare required instead of 6, for instance, with stricter requirements for these items. This impliesprocessors will need to buy more equipment, so impacting their production costs.The core objective of the new document is to strengthen management in the infant formula
sector and ensure the quality and safety of products, signifying the Chinese government’s
determination to promote the development of the local infant formula industry. In line with therequirement for sector consolidation, it will prove much easier for large-scale processors tomeet the new requirements in areas such as GMP and R&D than for some small scaleprocessors, which may even lack a technician. Processors are expecting the authorities toprovide more details; there is a general expectation that about half of the small scaleprocessors may be eliminated from the dairy market, and more strict regulations will follow.On the same day (2 August), CFDA issued a list of 128 domestic companies that are qualifiedfor producing infant formula. The list will assist the public to readily identify the producers as abasis for assessing their qualifications and credentials. CFDA said that it will launch acampaign to examine and record information on the infant formula processors as part of itsefforts to clean up the industry and standardise product information, and detailed informationon the infant formula producers and their products will be published after this campaign. Itindicated that some small players are expected to be eliminated in this manner.
Table of Contents of  Dairy Products China News 1309: 
Dairy Industry Progress in Q2BCA Releases Infant Formula Quality Comparison ReportInfant Formula Sales to Roll Out at PharmaciesInfant Formula Processors Show Growth in H1
Bacteria Crisis Shakes Chinese Customers’ Confidence
 Draft Rules for Infant Formula Processors LaunchedGovernment Promotes Dairy Industry DevelopmentBeijing Sanyuan Continues IntegrationXiyuchun Dairy to Enter Infant Formula MarketRapid Development of Raw Milk Supply in HeilongjiangRaw Milk Price Rises Aohua Food Launches Almond Protein Milk
Dairy Products China News
, a monthly publication issued by CCM on 15
, offers you thelatest information on new market dynamics, company development, new products, technology,

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