MARA: Revised Regulation of Pet Food (I)

by 范皓菲 | Source MARA | May 21,2018

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For purposes of further strengthening the administration of pet food and standardizing the pet food market, and promoting the development of the pet food industry, recently, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the People’s Republic of China issued an announcement. In the comprehensive review of the Regulations on the Administration of Feeds and Feed Additives (hereinafter referred to as the Regulations) and provisions of its supporting regulations, fully consider the particularity of pet food and management needs, six major normative documents have been formulated:

 

·      Measures for the Administration of Pet Food

·      Conditions for Pet food production enterprise Administrative Licensing

·      Provisions on Pet Food Labeling

·      Provisions on Hygienic of Pet Food

·      Declaration Material Requirements for Pet Matching Food Production Permit

·      Declaration Material Requirements for Pet Additive Premix Food Production Permit

 

The introduction of pet food systematize management regulations means that Chinese pet food production and marketing will enter a new era of standardized development.

 

The relevant content of imported pet food in Announcement No. 20 of the MARA:

 

1. Before June 1, 2018, imported pet compound food and imported pet additive premix food which have already obtained import registration certificates in accordance with Regulations and its corresponding regulations may continue to be imported and sold within the validity period of the import registration certificate. If it is necessary to continue import and sales after the expiry of the validity period, should be applied for the registration certificate in accordance with the relevant provisions of the regulatory documents of the public announcement.

 

2. The pet compound food and imported pet additive premix food products which have been incorporated into import registration and management according to the product classification regulation of Measures for the Administration of Pet Food, and have been imported for sales in the territory of China but have not obtained the registration certificate before the public announcement was published, should be applied for and obtained registration certificate before September 1, 2019 in accordance with the relevant provisions of the regulatory documents of the public announcement.

 

3. Since June 1, 2018, the application in food for pet and pet additive premix food production, or in pet compound food and pet additive premix food should be in accordance with the relevant regulations of the normative documents of the public announcement.

4. The production enterprises and import products that have obtained production license and registration certificate of mixed pet food additives of directly edible pet food in accordance with the Regulations and its corresponding regulations before June 1, 2018, should apply for the pet food production license and import registration certificate according to the product classification regulation Measures of the Administration of Pet Food in accordance with the relevant provisions of the regulatory documents of the announcement before September 1, 2019.

 

5. The management of mixed feed additive and additive premix feed for pet food production enterprises does not apply to the provisions of the regulatory documents of the public announcement. Its production, operation, usage and import shall be carried out in accordance with the Regulations and its corresponding regulations concerning the management requirements of mixed feed additive and additive premix feed.

 

6. Pet food production enterprises shall make product labels in accordance with the requirements of Provisions on Pet Food Labeling, labels attached to the domestic and imported pet food products manufactured after September 1, 2019 shall conform to the requirements of Provisions on Pet Food Labeling.

 

7. Pet food production enterprises should strengthen the control of product health indicators, After January 1, 2019, the production of domestic and imported pet food products health indicators, should comply with Provisions on Hygienic of Pet Food.

 

8. According to the relevant provisions of Measures of the Administration of Pet Food, the approval number of related products which has been obtained by production enterprises of pet premixed food additives and the pet food production license which has been obtained by other pet food manufacturers, will be no longer taken as the basis or content of pet food inspection and law enforcement after June 1, 2018.

 9. After the management transition period as stipulated in the public announcement, all levels of feed management departments shall implement pet food supervision and law enforcement in accordance with the relevant provisions of the normative documents of the public announcement.

 

10. Feed management departments at all levels should continue to strengthen the supervision and administration of pet food, for other illegal acts of production with no license certificate or import of pet food and food additive premix food shall be strictly punished in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Regulations in addition to the announcement of the circumstances specified in article 2 and article 4.