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Ratification and issue of production license of major industrial products

Update : 2015-12-08

(Ratification and issue of food production license)

1 General Project Name

Ratification and issue of production license of major industrial products

Sub-project Name: Ratification and issue of Food Production License

2 Legal basis

Article 13 of the Law of The People's Republic of China on Product Quality and article 2 of the Rules on Production license of Industrial Products (Trial)

3 Conditions for Approval

(1) Food producing and processing enterprises shall fulfill the conditions for establishment of enterprises laid down by national laws, regulations and relevant policies and obtain business licenses, food hygiene licenses and enterprise code certificates (except those which do not need a code certificate);

(2) Food producing and processing enterprises shall maintain environmental conditions to ensure product safety and quality;

(3) Food producing and processing enterprises shall have production facilities, processing equipment and auxiliaries to ensure product safety and quality, and workshops and sites for treatment, processing, and storage of raw materials suitable to ensure product safety and quality. For enterprises producing food products with special processing equipment, such as irradiation processing, conditions laid down by relevant regulations and rules including metrology regulations shall be fulfilled;

(4) The technology of food processing shall be scientific and reasonable and production processes shall be strict and normative. All necessary steps to prevent biological, chemical and physical contamination and cross infection of food, whether raw or cooked, a semi-product or a final product, and whether dated or fresh, shall be prevented;

(5) Raw materials and additives used for producing food by food production and processing enterprises shall be in conformity with relevant national rules. Inedible raw materials and aids are prohibited;

(6) Production shall be organized according to effective product standards. Food quality and safety shall be in conformity with the requirement of laws, regulations and relevant mandatory standards or, where no mandatory standards exist, other standards which the enterprises adopt;

(7) The principals and senior managers of food production enterprises shall understand the laws and regulations relevant to food quality and safety; food enterprises shall have specialized technical personnel, skilled workers and quality assurance personnel suitable to food production. Personnel undertaking food production and processing shall have no disease which may have an adverse effect on food quality and safety;

(8) A food production and processing enterprise shall have quality inspection and measuring means suitable to its products. An enterprise shall have delivery inspection capability. The inspection and measuring instruments shall not be used unless they have passed metrology verification. Enterprises without delivery inspection capability shall entrust inspection agencies with legal capacity published by General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine to undertake the inspection;

(9) Food production and processing enterprises shall establish a standard system for overall process of production to carry out the standardized management, set up and improve a quality management system to implement quality management of  the overall process from raw materials purchasing, delivery inspection to after-service, and establish a quality responsibility system to enhance quality examination and strictly implement a quality veto system;

(10) Packaging materials for food shall be clean and cause no contamination of food. Packaging and labeling of food shall be in conformity with relevant rules and requirements. Bulk food shall be labeled if it leaves its production factory in packaging to which a label can be affixed;

(11) Containers, packages, tools and equipment to store, transport and load and unload food shall be safe and clean and cause no contamination of food;

(12) Particular requirements may be found in the Detailed Rules for Examination of various kinds of food.

4 Implementing Organizations

General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People's Republic of China, Shanghai Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision (hereinafter referred to as the Bureau), all borough or county bureaus of quality and technical supervision.

The Shanghai Food Production License Examination Center established in the Division of Supervision of the Bureau is responsible for market access regarding food quality and safety.

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