Food And Drug Administration

Philippines FDA sets out to fast-track licensing and registration

Philippines FDA sets out to fast-track licensing and registration

By RJ Whitehead

Authorities in the Philippines are poised to cut the time it takes for manufacturers of processed foods and health products to secure operating licences and product registrations following calls for the adoption of a fast-track system.

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Far East digest

Japanese coalition compromises on planned food tax hike

By RJ Whitehead

Japan's ruling coalition partners have agreed to a to exempt food products from a planned tax hike in 2017, when general consumption tax will be increased by two percentage points.

Picture: Nestlé Quality Assurance Centre, Moga, Nestlé India

Mixed Maggi news for Nestlé as FDA gives all clear

By Joseph James Whitworth

Nestlé India’s Maggi noodles have been cleared by one Indian lab but failed tests in another as the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given them the green light.

US health foods body adds weight to China regulatory reform debate

China

US health foods body adds weight to China regulatory reform debate

By RJ Whitehead

The US Natural Products Association has joined industry body the US-China Health Products Association in calling Chinese food regulators to change their definition of dietary health supplements to give importers clearer access to the market.

Schisanda berries drying in China.  Photo courtesy of Chris Kilham.

China's proposed food safety overhaul lacks clarity and detail, NPA says

By Hank Schultz

China’s proposed changes in its food safety regulations, which also govern dietary supplements, are long on aspiration and short on specifics. That’s the opinion expressed by the Natural Products Association in comments the organization submitted to Chinese...

'Health food' too broad for effective supplements regulation

China

'Health food' too broad for effective supplements regulation

By RJ Whitehead

The US-China Health Products Association has once again urged regulators to replace the term “health food” with “dietary supplement” in a submission to food authorities concerning the recent draft reform of China’s food safety law.

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