Some Companies Will Not Submit More Documents to China 中方禁部分台灣食品進口 「佳德」放棄補件

China recently banned the imports of snacks, drinks, and aquatic products from Taiwan. Chia Te Bakery, which is known for its pineapple pastries, has decided not to pursue the Chinese market any further and will focus on its domestic operations.

China recently banned the imports of 2,400 aquatic products, processed food, and drinks from Taiwan after companies failed to provide complete registration information. There are reports that the proportion of companies that registered themselves and were approved was higher than those that did it with the assistance of the Food and Drug Administration. In response, Minister of Health and Welfare Hsueh Jui-yuan said which product needs to be recommended by MOHW or self-registration is decided by China.

Hsueh Jui-yuan, Minister of Health and Welfare: “A company will go through the FDA for the self-registration part. But the FDA only passes on the documents and does not review them. If a company needs the FDA recommendation, then we must help review their application.”

According to the FDA's statistics, as of 8 a.m. on the 12th, the number of approved Taiwanese food exports to China displayed on the website of China's General Administration of Customs has increased from 792 on Dec. 10, to 855. However, there are also many manufacturers who are unwilling to submit additional documents. Additional information required has increased from product information, expected places of sales, and targeted customer groups to the number of employees, factory information, and product formula, which are all commercial secrets.

Chang Chiao-ying, Store Manager, ChiaTe Pastry: “We received a notice from the FDA in June, asking us if we needed to submit additional documents. Our business does not do any exports so we are not planning to do any of this.”

Hsueh Jui-yuan, Minister of Health and Welfare: “Some larger-scale businesses have some market awareness of operating in high-risk countries. So some of them have already put in place risk-averse measures. For example, they might pull out or reduce their business from China's market.”

I-Mei Foods' President Kao Chih-ming said that his company has not exported any products to China for several years because of labeling problems.









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