Chinese food exporters are being urged by the Chinese government to
familiarize themselves with newly issued US food import regulations could affect business
between the two countries.
The first regulation requires food importers to
provide the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with advance notice of human and
animal food shipments imported in to the US starting from December 12.
The second regulation, due to take effect on the same date, requires
domestic and foreign food manufacturers who process, pack or hold food for US human or
animal consumption to register with the agency.
The FDA said the new regulations are part of the US effort to counter bio-terrorism.
The US is the fourth biggest market for China's agricultural and food exporters, making up 9 percent of
the country's annual total foreign trade.