Making Chinese food policy more practical

Just providing sufficient food for its millions of people is not enough anymore for the Chinese government. In the past ten years, China faced numerous food scandals that make ensuring safe and high quality food a priority.

The Chinese government has been working hard to prioritize food policymaking which led to the new Food Safety Law in 2015. This China Food Safety Law provides an extensive framework under which not only domestic food companies but also overseas food trading enterprises need to match its distinctive requirements.

As a tool for Dutch companies, this brochure was created. Inside, the basic overview of the structure of the food safety regulatory system is analyzed. Additionally, practical and administrative procedures are explained for compliance measures that companies are required to undertake. The current legislative environment for the two largest export product categories, dairy and meat, is also discussed. Lastly, it includes an extensive SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis for Dutch food trading companies under Chinese food safety legislation.

The brochure was written by Yibo Jiang, former intern of the Agriculture department at the Netherlands embassy.