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30 June, 2021 Legal Update

Food Safety Update: June 30, 2021

Food Safety Update: June 30, 2021

Discover this month's food safety update with news from Australia, China, and the EU.

Australia: Import Certificate Requirements Due to COVID-19

The Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is extending the interim changes to import certification requirements for fresh produce, cut flowers, plants and other imported plant-based commodities until June 30, 2022.
This measure is an alternative to the use of original paper phytosanitary certificates and health certificates due to the impacts of COVID-19 on airfreight and courier mail.
Link to the notice here.

China: Decrees 248 and 249, Facilities Registration and Food Safety Measures

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently published an update on China’s regulations for the Registration and Administration of Overseas Producers of Imported Food (Degree 248) and the Administrative Measures on Import and Export Food Safety (Degree 249).
  • Decree 248 will require that all overseas food manufacturers, processors, and storage facilities be registered with the Chinese authorities to export product to China.
  • Decree 249 covers requirements on food exports to China, including overseas facilities registration, record filing by importers and exporters, quarantine and inspection, and product labeling among others.
The report provides clarifications from the General Administration of Customs of China on issues such as product scope and transition period. Both decrees will enter into force on January 1, 2022.
More information

EU: Control Systems Due to COVID-19

The European Commission published the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU 2021/984 of 17 June 2021 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/466 as regards the period of application of temporary measures due to COVID-19.
This regulation extends the period of application of Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/466 until September 1, 2021, with the aim of addressing the disruptions in the functioning of the control systems, in particular due to difficulties to perform official controls and other official activities.
Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/984 of 17 June 2021

WHO: Foodborne Disease Burden

On June 7, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a handbook for countries to measure their foodborne disease burden. It gives a complete picture of the requirements, enabling factors, challenges and opportunities involved, and the steps in the process. The handbook is particularly intended for use at national level.
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