An Introduction to Food Use Biocides under Chinese Disinfectant Regulations


An introduction to Food Use Biocides under Chinese Disinfectant RegulationsChina's food and catering market has grown rapidly and with this growth we have also seen an increase in usage of food use disinfectant products which has led to concerns revolving around food safety. China’s disinfection legal framework is seriously underdeveloped compared with EU and the US who have established complete assessment, registration and authorization system of biocides and food contact substances/materials. In this analysis, we will explore the scope and limitation of Chinese food use disinfectants regulations, as well as the pitfalls to look out for when accessing China’s emerging market.

Inventory Management of Food-Use Disinfectants

In 2010, former NHFPC issued the “Inventory of Raw Materials/Ingredients for Food-Use Disinfectants”(hereinafter as “the Inventory”), consisting of 47 active ingredients and 21 raw materials allowed for use in the disinfection of food, tableware, food-contact instruments, equipment and packing materials, as well as food containers. Furthermore, food additives that included into the “GB 2760-National Food Safety Standard for Food Additive Use” can also be used as auxiliary components in food-use disinfectants.

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