In 2021, my country's imports of infant formula milk powder will drop by 22.1% year-on-year, the second consecutive year of decline. Consumers' recognition of the quality and safety of domestic infant formula powder continues to increase.
Since March 2021, the National Health and Medical Commission issued the National Food Safety Standard for Infant Formula, National Food Safety Standard for Older Infant Formula and National Food Safety Standard for Infant Formula. With the new national standard of standard milk powder, the infant formula industry has also be in a new stage of quality upgrade.
"Standards are the baton to guide the development of the industry. The introduction of the new standards will promote higher-quality development of my country's infant formula industry." Director of the Industrial Economics Office of the Rural Development Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Director of the Industrial Economics Office of the National Dairy Industry Technology System Liu Changquan analyzed that the new standard fully takes into account the growth and development characteristics of infants and young children in my country, and has made clearer and stricter regulations on protein, carbohydrates, trace elements and optional ingredients, requiring products to provide more accurate nutritional elements according to the age of infants and young children. "The adoption of this standard will definitely play an important role in guaranteeing and promoting the production of infant formula that is safer and more in line with the growth and nutritional needs of Chinese infants and young children."
In recent years, the state's supervision of the infant formula industry has been continuously improved, and the quality of infant formula in my country has been significantly improved and maintained at a high level. According to the data of the State Administration for Market Regulation, the pass rate of samples of infant formula milk powder in my country in 2020 was 99.89%, and that in the third quarter of 2021 was 99.95%.
"The strict supervision and random inspection system has provided a fundamental guarantee for the improvement and maintenance of the quality of infant formula powder in my country." Liu Changquan introduced that the effectiveness of the quality construction of infant formula powder, on the one hand, benefited from the establishment of an effective infant formula powder in my country. On the other hand, the improvement of milk source quality has also laid a foundation for the quality and safety of infant formula powder. In 2020, the pass rate of sampling inspection of raw fresh milk in my country will reach 99.8%, and the pass rate of sampling inspection of various key monitoring and prohibited additives will remain 100% all year round. According to the monitoring pasture data of the National Dairy Cattle System, the mean somatic cell count and bacterial count in the monitored pasture’s fresh milk in 2021 will drop by 25.5% and 73.3% respectively compared with 2015, and the quality level is much higher than the national standard.
It is worth noting that after the implementation of the new national standard for infant formula powder, some infant formula powder companies have started to select raw and auxiliary materials for new products, design new formulas and innovative research and development, adjust production processes and technologies, and further improve basic work such as inspection capabilities.
The reporter learned that the new national standard for infant formula clearly stipulates that a two-year transition period will be reserved for infant formula manufacturers. During this period, infant formula companies need to produce in accordance with the new national standard as soon as possible, and the relevant regulatory authorities will also conduct inspections and audits on the products of the new national standard. This also means that the implementation of the new national standard for infant formula powder will help the infant formula powder industry to adhere to innovation-driven, strengthen brand leadership, guide milk powder manufacturers to optimize product formulas, and make bold innovations in production technology, technical equipment, and quality management. .
Chinese infant formula manufacturers should take the new standard as an opportunity to further strengthen the construction of quality and safety management systems, and at the same time, strengthen scientific research on infant nutrition and innovation of products that better meet the nutritional needs of Chinese infants and young children, so as to provide more nutritious and better nutrition to the majority of families. Safe and more economical high-quality infant formula products.
Post time: Apr-18-2022