The Legislative Affairs Office of China’s State Council has published a draft revision of the country’s food safety regulations that include stricter regulations related to the online sale of food products.
According to a posting on the English language website of the State Council, the proposed revision would require operators of online food sales platforms to immediately remove from their site any food products supplied by producers who have been punished for food safety problems. The regulations would apply equally to both importers and exporters of food products that appear on online platforms.
Further, the proposed regulations would require both food producers and online platform operators to present evidence to address any claims of inedible substances found in their foods, or face liability for food additive violations.
The complete text of the posting regarding online food sales in China is available here.