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China amends rules for nutrition enhancers

Updated: 2012-04-02 10:06


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BEIJING -- The Ministry of Health on Sunday released an amended regulation on the use of nutrition-enhancing food supplements, aiming to ensure that the products fall in line with Chinese law.

The amendment, which will take effect on January 1 next year, "strictly abides by the formulation procedures stipulated under national food safety laws," the ministry said in a statement. The original regulation was created in 1994.

The amendment was created with the help of multiple government departments, guilds, enterprises and experts, the statement said.

The amended regulation summarizes and updates national requirements for nutrition enhancers to ensure that they are compliant with relevant Chinese laws and standards, the statement said.

The ministry will work to promote industry knowledge of the amendment with the help of other departments and industry associations in order to ensure that the amendment is properly followed.

Nutrition-enhancing food supplements include a variety of micronutrients and are added to food to enhance nutritional absorption and prevent disease.