China has recently modified the requirements for imports of milk and dairy products into the country, and FDA is working to assist US producers and manufacturers compete in the Chinese market. FDA has begun preparing a list of milk product manufacturers and producers who want to export into China, as China has indicated that products from manufacturers and producers not on the list may be denied entry into China. For purposes of this list, “milk product” does not include raw milk, but does otherwise include milk products as identified in 21 C.F.R. 1240.3(j).
Participation in the list is voluntary, and interested entities “cannot be subject to any pending judicial enforcement action or a pending FDA warning letter, and would need to either have had a FDA inspection within 3 years, or be on the Interstate Milk Shippers List or the U.S. Department of Agriculture list, Dairy Plants Surveyed and Approved for USDA Grading Service for the products intended to ship.” FDA intends to update the list regularly, which will involve regular requests for information from participants on the list.