Alibaba Launches Technical Provisions on Prohibited Ingredients in Foods



Takehome - Alibaba has begun clamping down on illegal ingredients in foods sold online by rolling out a negative list and sampling measures. It will also dynamically expand the negative list.

On April 11, 2019 China’s ecommerce behemoth Tmall publicized Technical Provisions on Prohibited Ingredients in Edible Products and an auxiliary rule titled Detailed Rules for Sampling Inspection on Prohibited Ingredients in Edible Products. The two normative documents were jointly drafted by a leading third-party testing and certifying agency Centre Testing International Group (CTI), Alibaba and Hangzhou Institute for Food and Drug Control in an effort to fight against illegal and harmful ingredients applied in foods sold online. They have been effective since April 21.

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