On April 14, 2017 National health and family planning commission of the People’s Republic of China (NHFPC) released No. 2017-4 notice (in Chinese), publishing GB 2761-2017 National food safety standard Mycotoxins in Food and GB 2762-2017 National food safety standard Maximum Levels of Contaminants in Foods. Both standards will enter into force on September 17, 2017 and will repeal their previous version GB 2761-2011 and GB 2762-2012.

Comparing to the previous version, GB2761-2017 and GB 2762-2017 include main changes as below,

  • Both standards were added with relevant Maximum Residue Limit (MRL) regulated in GB 29922-2013 National Food Safety Standard General principles on formulas for special medical purposes, GB 22570-2014 National Food Safety Standard Complementary food nutrition supplement, GB 24154-2015 National Food Safety Standard General principles on nutritional foods for sport, GB 31601-2015 National Food Safety Standard Nutrition supplement food for pregnant and lactating women.
  • Revised food category explanation in Appendix A of both standards.
  • Updating the standard code of testing method.


  • GB 2761-2017: Added Maximum Residue Limit (MRL) of Ochratoxin A in wine and coffee.
  • GB 2762-2017: Deleted MRL of rare earth and add lead MRL for spirulina and its product.

To get a full overview of China food legislation, with all the latest amendments, contact us for details about Selerant’s Food Law Library, as part of the Food News Monitoring System.

Posted by Yolanda Li on Apr 21, 2017

Regulatory and Scientific Affairs Specialist

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