PROC body issues advisory on food exports to China
Business Mirror
May 24, 2016

A government body from the People?s Republic of China (PROC) has issued an advisory affecting food exports to that country. In a letter dated April 25, the PROC?s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), under the Department of International Cooperation, advised the Philippine government to inform local food manufacturers of the need to enclose official certification when exporting food products to China.

This, the letter said, is ?in accordance with Article 92 of the ?Food Safety Law of the People?s Republic of China? [also called the PROC?s Food Safety Law] and the advices of the United Nations Codex Alimentarius Commission [CAC] on ?The Template of the Universal Official Certificate and the Guidance on the Production and Issuance of the Certificate.??

AQSIQ decided to adopt the enclosure of the official certificate of food exported to China, issued by the administrative authority of the exporting country (region), the Bureau of Customs, in the case of the Philippines.

It is necessary to enclose the document ?with the necessary certificates and official seals of the government agency supervising the exporting company? to the inspection and quarantine authority of the port of entry in the PROC, as proof that the food shipment being exported to China complies with ?Chinese laws and regulations and the requirement of its standard.?

The letter also directed queries to be addressed to the Import and Export Food Safety Bureau of AQSIQ with contact person Jiao Yang, Cai Xianfeng, Tel.: 846-03870, 822-62025.

The letter ended with ?The Department of International Cooperation of AQSIQ avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines the assurances of its highest consideration.??

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