CFDA issues guidelines for companies’ food safety traceability systems

In April 2017, the China FDA recently published Provisions for Establishment of Food Safety Traceability Systems by Food Production and Trading Companies, which state that food production and trading companies bear primary responsibility for food safety traceability systems and their establishment.

The provisions contain many specific requirements for food safety traceability systems and for the recording and preservation of information; but these should be viewed as merely the minimum requirements for records, documentation, systems and procedures related to traceability.

Jointly published by Tiang & Partners and PwC China, this article highlights the key requirements of the new guidelines of the food safety traceability systems, and what the new provisions mean for companies particularly its responsibility and implementation.