China releases amended animal feed, feed additive regulations

New regulations go into effect May 2012

China’s amended Management Regulations on Feed and Feed Additives were released November 15 and will be implemented beginning May 1, 2012. 

The amendments include a series of bans against behaviors with the potential to cause human harm, such as raising animals with the use of Ministry of Agriculture-banned and other materials. Some of these materials include animal-derived materials (milk and milk products not included) added into feed for ruminants, and feed and feed additives without labels, quality standards or qualification certificates. 

The regulations outline a series of punishments imposed for illegal operations, ranging from fines to revocation of business licenses.