South Korea Optimistic China will Revise its Food Safety Regulations to Allow for the Importation of Kimchi

Kimchi is expected to make its way on to the Chinese market soon. Chinese President Xi Jinping promised on Thursday to ease his country’s strict food safety regulations on fermented foods that have blocked kimchi exports to his country. During a summit with President Park Geun-hye in Seoul, Xi said, “I like kimchi. We are

Walmart to Reimburse Chinese Customers who Purchased Fox-Tainted Donkey Meat

Global retail giant Wal-Mart Stores has recalled a donkey meat product from some Chinese stores after tests found traces of other animals’ DNA, the company said today, after authorities said it contained fox meat…Full Article: The Times of India Jan 2014 Key point Under Chinese food and safety laws, companies are not required to independently

China’s Top Health Agency does not have to Release Details on how they Determined 2010 Milk Quality Standards

A Beijing court ruled on Monday [16 December 2013] that China’s top health authority does not have to reveal details of a 2010 conference in which it set news quality standards for milk. Beijing No 1 Intermediate People’s Court dismissed an administrative appeal filed by Zhao Zhengjun, a consumer from Henan province, who had requested

Zhejiang-based Bottled Water Company Ceases Production of 19-liter (~5 gallons) Barrels

Bottled water company Nongfu Spring said yesterday it had decided to cease production of barreled water in Beijing permanently following a temporary suspension order imposed by the capital’s quality watchdogs in a dispute over standards. The company said that nearly 100,000 residents in the city who had prepaid would be given five 4-liter bottles of

Northern Chinese City to Incorporate Siniagpore’s Food Safety Standards

Jilin City [Jilin Province] in northeast China is looking to incorporate Singapore’s food handling safety standards to improve its food manufacturing and quality certification process. They are expected to be implemented in a specialized food zone, jointly developed by the two countries. A US$95 million (598 million yuan) one-stop logistics center is now being built