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On July 8, the General Administration of Customs China (GACC) issued “Announcement No. 58 of 2022,” repealing “Announcement No. 103 of 2020,” which established emergency COVID-19 control measures on imported cold-chain foods. On July 11, GACC issued an “Interpretation” of Announcement No. 58, providing additional guidance.
On July 22, 2022, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) published a revised “Guideline for Safety Assessment of Genetically Modified Plants” for public comments. The Guideline provides technical guidance on the safety assessment requirements for genetically engineered (GE) plants for production application (cultivation) and import for processing materials. The deadline for comment submissions is July 29, 2022.
On June 7, 2022, PRC departments, including the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, the National Development and Reform Commission, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs jointly issued the “National Strategy on Climate Change Adaptation 2035,” outlining broad plans for climate change adaptation through 2035.
On June 7, 2022, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) issued the “Measures for the Administration and Protection of Collective Marks and Certification Marks (Draft for Comments)” (hereafter referred as the “Measures”) for public comments.
On June 29, 2022, the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China (GACC) released Announcement No. 53 of 2022 titled “Implementation of Conditional Retrieval Facilitation Measures for Imported Seed.”
On June 28, 2022, the State Council Tariff Commission (SCTC) extended the Section 301 retaliatory tariff exclusion period for sorbitol and other select non-agricultural U.S. commodities. The exclusion was set to expire on June 30 but has now been extended until February 15, 2023.
Hong Kong does not have any certification changes for food imports since the last report submitted in June 2021. This report lists the certificates required by the Hong Kong Government (HKG) for U.S. agricultural and food exports to Hong Kong.
On June 16, 2022, the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) released two draft National Food Safety Standards for maximum residue limits covering a total of 98 pesticides in foods for public comment.
On June 1, the National Health Commission (NHC) issued a public letter soliciting comments on its 2022 plan for the National Food Safety Standards Project. The notice identified 41 national food safety standards the NHC intends to develop or revise in 2022. This report contains an unofficial translation of the Letter and plan.
The following changes have been made to the 2022 FAIRS report: 1) Section II – Labeling. Effective December 1, 2023, food containing hydrogenated oils must be labeled. 2) Section III – Packaging. Glass and plastic bottles will be subject to additional levies. 3) Section VI – Other Requirements, Regulations, and Registration Measures.
On May 11, 2022 the National Health Commission (NHC) approved 36 new food materials and additives, including seven enzymes derived from Genetically Modified Microorganisms (GMMs). These approvals follow an earlier announcement issued on March 1 of 32 food materials and additives, including 4 GMM derived enzymes, approved for use in China.
Attaché Report (GAIN)

China: Complete Pet Food Standards

On April 24, 2022, China’s National Feed Industry Standardization Technical Committee issued a notice to collect industry input and suggestions on the establishment or amendment of national pet food standards.