China further tightens quality controls on milk imports
Published on May 1, 2014 6:45 PM
BEIJING (REUTERS) - China will further tighten quality controls on milk imports by demanding that overseas suppliers register with the country's quality watchdog before they are allowed to import dairy products, state media said on Thursday.
Exporting companies must first meet relevant regulations in their home countries to ensure that their health standards meet Chinese rules and laws, the official China News Service said, citing China's quality regulator.
"Corporate regulation management for foreign dairy producers who import will ... guarantee that imported dairy products sold in China meet Chinese food safety rules and laws from the source," the report said.
It said that the quality watchdog had already certified 1,122 foreign dairy producers, including 41 companies which make infant milk formula. Other companies, it said, would be added in time. Companies not registed cannot import as of May 1, the report added.
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