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USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service Offers Auditing Service For Dairy, Infant Formula Exports To China

A memorandum signed last week by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Chinese Certification and Accreditation Administration (CNCA) recognizes USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) as a third-party certifier eligible to conduct verification audits against Chinese requirements for US dairy and infant formula plants intending to export to China.

Since May 2014, the CNCA has required dairy and infant formula plants that ship products to China to be registered with them through the publication of facility lists. To be successfully published on CNCA’s dairy and infant formula plant lists, the plants must be found compliant with Chinese laws and regulations.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed last week by FDA and the CNCA formally outlines a process in which third-party certification bodies, on FDA’s behalf, will audit US dairy facilities to make sure they comply with Chinese food safety requirements (for more details, please see Memo Between FDA, Chinese Government Boosts US Access To China’s Dairy Market, on page 3 of our June 16, 2017 issue).

Obtaining a verification audit is mandatory for plants to be registered; plants not registered are not eligible to ship to China, AMS noted. CNCA has published a catalog of products that require registration.

In order to facilitate understanding of CNCA’s product categories, USDA has identified the following Harmonized System (HS) product codes that require registration with CNCA:
• 0401: Fluid milk and cream of varying fat contents.
• 0402: Concentrated milk, including milk powder, evaporated milk, and sweetened condensed milk.
• 0403: Yogurt, buttermilk, other fermented and acidified milk and cream.
• 0404: Whey and modified whey up to 80 percent protein; other products of natural milk constituents (including milk protein concentrate and milk permeate, but excluding colostrum).
• 0405: Butter, dairy spreads, milk fats.
• 0406: Cheese.
• 1702: Lactose.
• 1901.10: Infant formula.

USDA has identified the following HS product codes that do not require registration with CNCA: 1901.90, dairy-based food preparations on goods of HS 0401-0404; and 2015.00, ice cream, edible ice.

Plants should note that CNCA has reserved the right to modify the list of products requiring registration, so information contained in a recent notice from AMS is subject to change.

For details about AMS audit verification services, contact Michael Eichorst, administrative officer, AMS Dairy Grading National Field Office, at (630) 810-9999; e-mail DairyNFO@ams.usda.gov; or AMS Dairy Program, at (202) 720-4392; or
Carrie L. Sayasithsena, national program coordinator, AMS Dairy Grading and Standards, at (202) 720-9381; e-mail DairyNFO@ams.usda.gov.

For more information regarding CNCA’s registration requirements, e-mail agexport@fas.usda.gov.