Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Update on new Chinese infant formula rules

Update on new Chinese infant formula rules

Chinese officials have provided further advice on the introduction of new regulations affecting New Zealand infant formula exports to China, says Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye.

“In the past 24 hours, New Zealand officials have been formally briefed on the outcome of the Chinese audit of New Zealand manufacturers conducted in March; and given further information in regards to how China will view relationships between brand owners and formula manufacturers,” Mr Guy says. “This information has been conveyed to New Zealand infant formula manufacturers by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) this morning.”

The new regulations will apply to all countries, alongside strict regulations for China’s domestic producers, as part of a long-planned change to China’s regulatory framework for the manufacture and import of infant formula that will come into effect on 1 May this year.

Retail-ready infant formula represents about four per cent of New Zealand’s dairy exports to China, or about $200 million per year. The total dairy trade to China was $5 billion last year.

“Based on advice from Chinese officials we expect most if not all of our 13 manufacturers to achieve registration, although all but one manufacturer have some actions they need to undertake before registration will be complete. MPI has provided details of those changes to the manufacturers this morning and in some cases changes have already been made. MPI will be working closely with the Chinese to help complete the registration process for manufacturers as quickly as possible,” Mr Guy says.

About 90 per cent of New Zealand’s infant formula exports are controlled by manufacturers who are working through this registration process.

For the remaining approximately 10 per cent of infant formula exports, the changes required will be more complex.

“Chinese officials have made it clear that they will require a close association between the brand owner and the manufacturer. Yesterday they formally advised that in practice that means the brand owner having clear control over the manufacturing process and the product formulation for their brand,” Ms Kaye says.

“This will impact on those brand-owners who are unable to prove that close association. MPI will work with those brand-owners to advise them of options that could bring their brands into line with the new regulations. However the new requirements will have a very significant impact on those exporters that are unable to demonstrate a close association. Our Embassy in Beijing is seeking transition arrangements to help those brand owners who need to make significant changes.

“We know that all infant formula produced after 1 May 2014 for export to China, from any country, will need to meet the same requirements. New Zealand agencies including MPI, NZTE and MFAT will continue to work closely with all New Zealand exporters to meet the new regulations. MPI is sending a senior official to Beijing in the next few days to assist in the transition process.”

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Mana-Maori Party Deal

If the self-interest involved wasn’t so blatant, the electorate deal between the Maori Party and Hone Harawira would be kind of poignant. It’s a bit like seeing the remaining members of Guns’n’Roses or the Eagles back on the road touring the nostalgia circuit… playing all the old hits of Maori unity and kaupapa Maori politics.

Can the two surviving Maori Party MPs (one electorate, one list) credibly work together with the old firebrand who split up the group years ago, and still hope to rekindle some of that same old magic? More>>

 

Private Provision: First Social Bond To Focus On Mental Health

New Zealand’s first social bond will help around 1700 people with mental illness into work, Finance Minister Steven Joyce and Social Investment Minister Amy Adams say. More>>

ALSO:

Megaupload Case: High Court Rules Dotcom, Co-Accused Eligible For Extradion

Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and his three co-accused are eligible for extradition to the United States, New Zealand's High Court ruled... Justice Murray Gilbert upheld a decision by the District Court that there were grounds for Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato to be extradited. More>>

ALSO:

PREVIOUSLY:

Immigration: Short Reprieve For Nine Indian Students

A temporary hold on deportations of nine Indian students is a step in the right direction but the Government urgently needs to implement safeguards to stop further injustices to more international students, the Green Party says. More>>

EARLIER:

Port Hills Fire: Midday Update, Monday 20 February

• 9 homes destroyed
• 2 homes with partial damage. Damage includes things like cracked windows, heat damage.
• 3 properties with damage to other external structures e.g sheds or outbuildings More>>

ALSO:

Welfare: WINZ Breaching Privacy Laws With WINZ Vetting Rules

E tū, the union for security guards, says WINZ may be breaching privacy laws with its new screening process for people visiting WINZ offices. The vetting requires WINZ security guards to check photo ID and whether visitors to WINZ offices have an appointment.More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news