Jamestrong Packaging Australia was one of several delegates to a recent food safety forum addressing dairy product exports.
Hosted by the New Zealand Food Safety College (NZFSC) and the China Food Information Centre in Auckland this month, the forum discussed the high-quality standards and CNCA licences required for manufacturers to export infant formula (IF) to China, with changes coming into effect in Jan 2018, and brand registrations required for manufacturers by the CFDA.
Like its counterpart, the CFIC in China, the NZFSC was established to exchange technical and regulatory training with other countries.
The increased variety and strictness of Chinese food safety regulations means international trading is receiving greater attention from different food industries.
Key issues include food safety control of China’s infant formula industry, New Zealand’s regulatory requirements for infant formula exports to China, regulation of China’s imported dairy products and policies for dairy industry regulation, and
the introduction of a Chinese infant formula milk powder standard.
Jamestrong key account manager Christine Slade said the forum had a strong focus on food safety for dairy products imported into China to ensure the safety of infants.
“It was clear from the forum that Australia and New Zealand are seen by China as premium dairy regions and we need to keep the focus on very high-quality food safety standards,” she said.
Infant Nutrition Council (INC) CEO Jan Carey said its members – including Jamestrong Packaging – are responsible for
over 95 per cent of the volume of infant formula manufactured, sold in Australia and New Zealand and exported.
“The safety of global food supply chains can only be assured by the integrity of the industries they service,” Carey said.
“The overall out-take from the presentation messaging was that food safety is of paramount importance to both the NZ and Chinese governments and the infant formula industry.”
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