On 26 Sep 2021, the National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China published GB 28050 Draft National Standard “General Principles on Nutrition Labelling of Prepackaged Foods” for public consultation.
The draft standard is applicable to general pre-packaged foods and excludes special purpose foods such as infant formula, foods for special medical purpose, and health foods. In summary, there are proposed changes to nutrition labelling format which includes the addition of “per serving” declaration, content of saturated fatty acid and sugar listed as mandatory labelling items, and mandatory warning statement for children and teenagers for foods high in salt, fat and sugar. There are also definitions of macronutrients, nutrient reference values (NRVs), rounding rules and criteria for nutrient content claims and nutrient function claims applicable to macronutrients, vitamins and minerals laid out in the standard.
Nutritional labelling is mandatory to be labelled and this aspect will be strictly checked across the entire supply chain from importation to post-market surveillance.
The grace period for the industry and implementation date of this standard has not been announced. Industry members may submit comments by 21 Nov 2021.
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