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How will Vietnam’s new food additive regulation affect your business?

Vietnam recently introduced a new regulation covering the production of food additives in the market. All existing regulations have now been abolished and consolidated under this new single regulation. It is crucial for food manufacturers and distributors to understand how this latest ruling can affect their business operations in Vietnam.

Food products produced or imported in Vietnam must comply with the provisions of the Law on Food Safety. The law outlines the roles and responsibilities of a trading entity to ensure absolute food safety throughout the supply chain. Additives used in food production must now meet the new national standard.

  • The regulation (Circular No. 24/2019/TT-BYT) became effective on October 16, 2019 and is an important change in the management of food additives for the Vietnam market
  • It is a consolidation of existing regulations established in 2001, 2012 and 2015
  • It provides a list of 400 types of food additives that are permitted for use in food production in the Vietnam market
  • The list of food additives is also issued with the principle of determining the maximum use of food additives and food subjects that are permitted in accordance with the internationally recognized Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP).
  • Companies who manufacture, import and trade in food additives in Vietnam must carefully check, review and re-register their products under the new registration
  • Products that have been issued with a Product License by the Ministry of Health before the effective date of the circular may continue to be used but only until their expiry dates
  • Mixed food additives with new uses and food additives not included in the list of permitted food additives prescribed in the circular must have their declarations registered with the Vietnam Food Administration and Ministry of Health before official use or distribution in the market

The regulation exemplifies the Vietnam government’s aim to develop a stronger national food safety regulatory system. If your product is not specified in the list, you should consult local authorities or reach out to an experienced regulatory consultant like DKSH who can ensure compliance for your product.

Contact DKSH for further regulatory guidance in Vietnam.