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New SFDA Rules Cover Supervision over Catering, Health Food and Cosmetics

The Rules on the Principal Functions, Internal Organisation and Personnel Establishment of the State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) recently approved by the State Council will result in two changes in SFDA's duties: First, assigning to the Ministry of Health the responsibility for coordinating food safety and organising investigations into major food safety incidents. Second, assigning to SFDA the responsibility for food hygiene licensing, supervision over food safety in restaurants, canteens and other consumption sectors, and supervision over health food and cosmetics.

SFDA's new duties include: Food hygiene licensing for restaurants, canteens and other consumption sectors and supervision over their food safety; formulation of food safety management standards for food safety in consumption sectors and supervision over their implementation; food safety surveys and monitoring in consumption sectors; release of information on food safety supervision in consumption sectors; hygiene licensing, hygiene supervision, and examination and approval of cosmetics; and supervision over health food.

After this adjustment, it is up to SFDA to monitor the safety of drugs, medical equipment, cosmetics, health food, and food in restaurants, canteens and other consumption sectors.

According to SFDA spokeswoman Yan Jiangying, this adjustment, which embodies the principles of reform for simplified administration, unified action and higher efficiency, and a system of checks and balances among the decision-making, enforcement and supervision authorities while functioning in coordination with each other, will help further clarify the responsibility for food and drug safety supervision, and strengthen food and drug safety supervision in order to better protect the health and safety of the people.