What are the General Standards for the Labeling of Prepackaged Food?
(02.21.2008)

The General Standards for the Labeling of Prepackaged Food are national compulsory standards related to the health and safety of every consumer.

It requires the production enterprise to mark the quality (including safety) information of the food in the form of the compulsory national standards. This has changed the previously confusing issues of food labeling, ensured the rights of access to information for the general consumer, and promoted the healthy, ordered development of the food industry. It is applicable for all the labeling of prepackaged food presented to the consumer.

Prepackaged food refers to "food that has undergone quantitative prepackaging, or has been packed or canned in a container and directly presented to the consumer". The new General Standards for the Labeling of Prepackaged Food require that the food processing enterprise must correctly mark the labeling in line with the standards. The items that must be marked for prepackaged food include: the food name, ingredients list, net weight and solid substance weight, name and address of the manufacturer, production date (or packaging date) and preservation period, and product standard number. If the consumers find that the marked labeling is inconsistent with the actual quality, they can legally appeal and receive compensation.