On 6 June 2016, the China Food and Drug Administration issued the Administrative Measures for the Registration of Formulas of Infant Formula Milk Powder (“Measures”). The Measures come into effect on 1 October 2016 and are promulgated to ensure the quality and safety of infant formula milk powder in China further.

Amongst others, the Measures stipulate that companies can not have over 9 different product formulas under 3 formula series. Also, a wholly-owned subsidiary within the group is allowed to use the formulas registered by another wholly-owned subsidiary within the same company group. The Measures also stipulate that the labels on the products must be clear, for example, the label must indicate the specific place of origin rather than simply say “imported milk powder”.

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