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.

Shanghai HUSI said it had worked hard to cooperate with the authorities

OSI China responds to “questionable” comments

By Georgi Gyton

OSI China subsidiary Shanghai HUSI has hit back at a media statement by Shanghai Municipal Food and Drug Administration, which claimed some of its products were "questionable".

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.

China's draft food safety law will open door for supplements exporters

China

New draft law is a step in the right direction for supps exporters

By RJ Whitehead

A recent draft reform of China’s Food Safety Law, which is now available for public comment, is a great improvement for supplements exporters who have been increasingly frustrated at the time and expense required to gain certification in the country. 

China is clamping down on meat safety

China ponders tightening meat ‘recycling’ rules

By David Green

China’s central government is currently reviewing significant amendments to its June 2009 National Food Safety Law, including the closure of a grey area that has left space for so-called ‘recycling’ of meat products after they have expired.

Australia and NZ add to OxyElite Pro’s global woes

Australia and NZ add to OxyElite Pro’s global woes

By Shane Starling

Australia and New Zealand have jointly issued a warning against pre-workout sports supplement OxyElite Pro following its links to an outbreak of acute non-viral hepatitis in Hawaii that killed one person and affected 29.

FDA clearly ramping up scrutiny of Indian pharma businesses

FDA clearly ramping up scrutiny of Indian pharma businesses

By RJ Whitehead

With two more warning letters sent by the US drug regulator to Indian companies for violation of acceptable manufacturing practices, America has brought to six the number of India-based drugmaking facilities against which it has taken action over the...

China's watchdogs might finally get more teeth

Food safety

China's watchdogs might finally get more teeth

By RJ Whitehead

Sick of lurching from one food crisis to the next, it seems the Chinese authorities are planning to form one cohesive food safety unit based on America’s FDA model.

FDA names New Zealand as first country on par with US standards

FDA names New Zealand as first country on par with US standards

By RJ Whitehead

This week, New Zealand has become the first country in the world to sign an agreement with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The pact recognises each other’s food safety systems as providing a comparable degree of food-safety assurance.

Kenneth Hartigan-Go is behind the previously sleepy FDA's new-found vigour

Pinoy FDA targeting non-English labels

By RJ Whitehead

In the wake of a major recall of toxic South Korean noodles from shelves across the country, food regulation authorities in the Philippines are now actively seeking to target imported products that do not contain English translations of ingredients on...

Health claim substantiation rules are tightening in China

China set to slash approved health claims by a third

By Shane Starling

Amendments to 2009 laws that saw 27 health and nutrition claims approved in China will see the number reduced to 18, as momentum grows toward a European Union-style emphasis on human clinical data.

Purveyors of substandard raw materials will be

China tightens raw materials laws for supplements makers

By Shane Starling

Dietary supplement manufacturers operating in China will have to do more to guarantee the quality of their supply chains, after Chinese authorities imposed new quality control regulations last week.

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