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Food Circulation


Introdution and function of Food Circulation License 

June 1, 2009 began to implement the provisions of the Food Safety Law: It will be put into formal use "Food Distribution License" from June 1, replacing "Food Sanitation License." It will no longer issue a "Food Sanitation License", and sub-issuance of production, distribution license and catering license by the regulatory authorities. 

State Administration for Industry and Commerce of the People's Republic of China July 30, 2009 promulgated the "food distribution authorization management approach" to application, acceptance, examination, issuance, change, cancellation food distribution license and manage the license, etc., comprehensive regulations. Food distribution industry and commerce authorities will fulfill the main access management duties, for the food managers registered to provide quality and efficient services. "Food Circulation License" is the legal certificate for enterprise engaged in the circulation of food business, the food business operators can engaged in the food business after legally obtained "Food Circulation License", rights can be guaranteed by the law, the customer creditworthiness will also be multiplication, business will be more popular. 

Food Circulation License Application Conditions

According to the relevant provisions of "Food Safety Law," "Regulation on the Implementation of the Food Safety Law," State Administration for Industry and Commerce of the People's Republic of China "food distribution authorization management approach", from now on should legally obtained "Food Circulation License" to engaged in the food business in circulation of economic subjects, and apply for registration of the administrative agency for industry and commerce of registration jurisdiction .To apply "Food Circulation License" need to satisfy the following conditions: 

  1. The same font size signs of SAIC approved;
  2. Premises should keep a safe distance with the production of toxic substances (pesticides, compounds, gases, etc.), outside the range of waste water, organic waste, sewage, garbage piling treatment, dust and other pollution sources affect ;
  3. Clean environment, in good and proper sanitary condition, good ventilation, illumination;
  4. Floors, walls, the top should be paved or coated with impermeable, non-absorbent, non-toxic, easy to clean material, sewer outlet should be closed tightly;
  5. Food premises should separate with the living area;
  6. With the storage places, should set up a special area for food storage, shall not put toxic and hazardous materials in the same stock

Which enterprises need to apply 

With increasing standardization of market economy, more restoration with common law system and supervision system of food distribution , it's difficult for the companies want to engage in food business without the Food Circulation License. Inter-Area have professionals, explain customers enterprise, simplifying approval program, to avoid cumbersome processes, saving time for enterprises. Introduce some enterprise needs to apply for Food Circulation License below:

  1. Have a fixed premises, engage in pre-packaged foods, bulk packaging foods (including non-staple foods) all kinds of enterprises individual businesses, farmer cooperatives with wholesale or retail activities needs the application;
  2. Branches of enterprises engaged in food business, the branches should be separately required to apply;
  3. The same food business operators engaged in food distribution operations in two or more places, shall be required to apply separately in different locations;
  4. Other industry operators concurrently sell pre-packaged foods or bulk packaging food need to apply;
  5. Field type street stores the former shop in-situ processing of food need to apply; (in-situ processing of food apply for Catering Service License)
  6. Food producers and catering business to set up a special sales shops selling their own production and processing of food or run for other food need to apply(food producers apply for Food Production License, catering business apply for Catering Service License)
  7. Selling cooked food after processing, food products, semi-finished products in pedlars' market need to apply