The People’s Republic of China’s National Health Commission (NHC) and State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) have released 47 new or updated standards in the Chinese National Food Safety Standards, alongside six amendments sheets. The 47 new or updated standards cover food additives, nutritional fortification substances, milk powder, food contact materials, microbial testing methods, and testing for arsenic and nickel.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agriculture Service (USDA’s FAS) released an unofficial translation (in English) of the joint NHC/SAMR announcement about the changes to the Chinese National Food Safety Standards, including a list of the new or updated standards. The full texts of the newly published standards can be downloaded (in Chinese) from the China National Center for Agricultural Products Quality and Safety website.

Most of the new and updated standards in the announcement were notified to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2021–2022, and WTO was made aware of the rest of the changes during 2018–2020.