In recent years, the variety of delicacies from all over the world is increasing and selling well in the domestic market. Many consumers are exposed to imported prepackaged food. As the carrier of product information display, the label on the package plays a vital role in guiding consumers to buy imported food. Today, let’s learn about the labeling of imported prepackaged food.
What is prepackaged food?
Prepackaged food refers to the food pre quantitatively packaged or made in packaging materials and containers, including the food pre quantitatively packaged and pre quantitatively made in packaging materials and containers and with unified quality or volume identification within a certain range of quantity.
— General rules for the labeling of prepackaged food in the national food safety standard (GB 7718)
What is food labeling?
Words, graphics, symbols and all instructions on prepackaged food containers.
Relevant announcement of the General Administration of Customs
Measures of the people’s Republic of China for the administration of import and export food safety
(Decree No. 249 of 2021)
Article 30:the packaging, labeling and labeling of imported food shall comply with Chinese laws and regulations and national food safety standards; If there should be instructions according to law, there should also be instructions in Chinese.
Article 70:in the supervision of imported prepackaged food, if the customs finds that the imported prepackaged food is not labeled in Chinese or the Chinese label does not comply with laws and regulations and national food safety standards, and the food importer refuses to destroy, return or technically dispose of it in accordance with the requirements of the customs, the customs shall impose a warning or a fine of less than 10000 yuan.
Announcement No. 70 of the General Administration of Customs in 2019 puts forward requirements for the inspection and supervision of imported prepackaged food labels.
The first is to cancel the requirements for the registration of labels of imported prepackaged food for the first time, and the customs will conduct inspection in accordance with the relevant requirements as one of the inspection items of imported food.
Second, the former customs is responsible for the review of Chinese labels, and the current importer is responsible for the review of Chinese labels. Those that do not meet the requirements shall not be imported.
It is suggested that importers take the initiative to ask exporters for the original product labels and relevant supporting materials before the import of prepackaged food, complete the design and production of Chinese labels in advance, and try to complete the application of qualified Chinese labels before the entry of products, which will help improve the efficiency of customs clearance.
What national standards should the labels of imported prepackaged food meet?
1. General rules for the labeling of prepackaged food in national food safety standards (GB 7718)
2. National food safety standard general rules for nutrition labeling of prepackaged food (GB 28050)
3. National standard for food safety – food labels for prepackaged special meals (GB 13432)
4. National food safety standard for the use of food additives (GB 2760)
5. National food safety standard for the use of food nutrition fortifiers (gb14880)
6. National food safety standards for corresponding products