Approval system stopping supplements from reaching Chinese consumers
Speaking about China’s draft food law reform, which is taking shape after a period of consultation this year, Tom Farmer of Natural Wellbeing told FoodNavigator-Asia that he understands the need for greater safety in a market like China’s, but still the country’s regulatory system is going too far by requiring the testing of ingredients that have already been acknowledged for years as being safe.
Great deal of money and time
“ Our hope is that they will take a realistic look at food supplements and understand that there are huge deficiencies in China’s use of vitamins and minerals ,” Farmer said.
“ To make the population more healthy, they need to dumb down a wee bit their restrictions and requirement to provide a dossier for approval. At the moment, supplements are seen as pharmaceuticals, and that’s fine if you make paracetamol, where there is only one ingredient .
“ But when you are producing a multivitamin with 20 actives in it, testing that might require an awful lot of money and time, and it may still not be possible. So sometimes you just can’t get a product in
PrairieCare blossoms in high-demand mental health market
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