China infants & young children formula food standard are revising now. How should infant formula companies to confront with the new changes?

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China infants & young children formula food standard are revising now. How should infant formula companies to confront with the new changes?

Revision background:


In recent years, infants & young children formula products have received extensive attention in both China and worldwide. With the development of nutrition science, several organizations have successively carried out the revision work for infants & young children formula product standards in recent years. Codex Alimentarius Commission started revision work for the older infants & young children formula food standard (Codex Stan 156-1987) in 2011, EU issued regulations to modify the nutritional ingredients in infants & young children formula food in 2016, the United States revised the selenium content in infants & young children formula food, Australia and New Zealand is also soliciting opinions on revision related to infants & young children formula standard.


In order to be in line with international standards and enhance the scientificity and safety of China infants & young children formula food standards, the General Office of National Health and Family Planning Commission released the “National food safety standard project plan in 2016 (the second batch)” on December 22, 2016 including revision plan for infants, older infants and young children formula food standards.


What will be revised in the future?

According to the introduction of China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment, the revision will take Codex Alimentarius Commission, EU standards, the United States and Australia as reference, also combine with China latest DRIs. The revision items mainly includes:

1)      “Older infants and young children formula” (GB 10767) will be divided into “Older infants formula food” standard and “Young children formula food” standard.

2)     All nutrient contents will be re-evaluated.

For infants formula food, since majority of the current nutrient content can meet the need of infants and will not incur excess risk, it is recommended to be maintained;

For older infants formula food, some nutrient content in existing standards shall be revised according to the latest scientific evidence, the lower limit values of some nutrients need to be adjusted, and the upper limit values of most nutrients need to be set to meet the needs of infants at this age group;

For young children formula food, based on current scientific suggestive value and China present nutritional status of young children. Some items will be re-set like protein content range will be reduced, and the lower limit range of some certain nutrients will be regulated, such as DHA.

3)     Considering detection and shelf life attenuation and other factors, currently, many enterprises prefer to set target nutrient content close to the larger value. While, China National Center for food Safety Risk Assessment pointed out that the minimum value in standard rather than the maximum value shall be taken as the designed goal in order to avoid potential security risks. Since the minimum value, which is set according to the requirements, while the maximum value is the index set to prevent excess and control safety.

How will the revision impact on infants & young children formula manufacturing enterprises?

Since currently all of the infant formula companies are busy with preparing formula registration dossiers, many companies are concerned that they need to adjust the registered formula or re-apply for formula registration. According to FoodMate communication with China National Center for food Safety Risk Assessment that the release of the new standards would be completed in the next two years. Therefore, all of the related companies have enough time to well prepare for the new changes.


While, how should related infant formula companies to cope with the changes? Since the formula registration dossier preparation and approval process will take at least one year for overseas formula companies, it will be better for them to do research on formula improvement based on the trend of standard revision in the next 2~3 years. Meanwhile, overseas formula companies shall follow the revision progress of standard closely, adjust the existing formulas timely, and rapidly response to the new standard, which is expected to register smoothly during the transition period of implementing the new standard.

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