Certification by the Chinese Certification and Accreditation Administration (“CNCA”) will then become mandatory to market a product as organic in China

02/04/2013

In response to the 2011 scandals, China applies possibly the world’s strictest certification requirements on organic products as of 1 July 2012. Regulations pending promulgation in 2013 will order Chinese customs to stop products from entering China if they bear “misleading” organic labels. This will likely include certification by foreign authorities such as “USDA Organic”. Certification by the Chinese Certification and Accreditation Administration (“CNCA”) will then become mandatory to market a product as organic in China. In the attached article in the Shanghai Business Review of April 2013, Gerard van Swieten and Richard Jiang describe the law, practice and outlook of the Chinese organic standard.


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