What is new food material approved by China’s NHC?


On January 07, 2021, China’s National Health Commission (NHC) published the latest approval for 3 new food raw materials, 5 new food additives, and 7 new food-related substances as described below:

New Food Raw Materials

  1. Isaria cicadae Miq. Fruit (artificial cultivation)
  • Source: Artificially grown cicada fruit bodies from Cordyceps, Corynespora species
  • Recommendation intake : ≤ 3 g/day
  • Not suitable for Infants, young children, pregnant women and lactating women
  • Using safety standard of edible fungi as reference for contaminant limit. The content of Beauverin≤ 3 mg/kg
  1. Sodium Hyaluronate
  • Source: Streptococus equi subsp. Zooepidemicus
  • Recommendation intake : Milk and dairy products (0.2 g/kg), Beverages (2.0 g/kg for liquid beverages ≤ 50ml; while solid beverage are converted according to the liquid volume after preparation), Alcohol (1.0 g/kg), Cocoa products, chocolate and its product (including imitations and chocolate substitues) and candy (3.0 g/kg), Frozen drinks (2.0 g/kg)
  • Not suitable for infants, young children, pregnant women and lactating women
  • Requirements: Pb ≤ 0.5 mg/kg, As ≤ 0.3 mg/kg
  1. Lactobacillus kefiranofaciens subsp. Kefiranofaciens
  • Food safety indicator should comply relevant Chinese standard
  • Approve as edible strain.
  • Not suitable for infants and young children


New Food Additives

  1. Beta-amylase from Bacillus licheniformis
  2. Nitrous oxide as propellant and foaming agent in category 01.05 – Processing of cream (light cream) and similar products; and 02.02 – Processing of water-oily fat emulsified products (plant milk only) and Processing of fat emulsified products other than 02.02, including mixed or flavored fat emulsified products (plant cream only)
  3. Vitamin K2 (synthesis method) for category 01.03.02 – Modified milk powder with limit 420µg/kg-750 µg/kg for children powder milk and 340 µg/kg-680 µg/kg for pregnant and puerpera powder milk
  4. Gum ghatti as emulsifier in category 13.05 – Other food for special dietary use (over 10 years old) max. 3.0 g/kg
  5. Sodium alginate as stabilizer in category 13.05 – Other food for special dietary use (from age 13 months to 10 years old) max. 1.0 g/kg


New Food-Related Substances

  1. 1,3,5-Tris benzene (2,2-dimethylpropanamido)
  • Application: Plastic PP
  • Limit : Max. 0.025%
  1. Solvent Red 101
  • Application: Plastic PCT
  • Limit : Max. 0.3%
  1. Magnesium hydroxide
  • Application: Plastic POM
  • Limit : Max. 0.07%
  1. Magnesium aluminum hydroxide carbonate (hydrate)
  • Application: Plastic POM
  • Limit : Max. 0.02%
  1. Polycyclooctene
  • Application: Plastic EVOH
  • Limit : Max. 8%
  1. 1,3-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, polymer with dimethyl 1,4-benzenedicarboxylate, 2,2-dimethyl-1,3-propanediol and 1,2-ethanediol
  • Application: Coating and coating film
  • Limit : Max. 20%
  1. 1,4-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, 1,4-dimethyl ester, polymer with decanedioic acid, 2,2-dimethyl-1,3-propanediol and 1,2-ethanediol
  • Application: Coating and coating film
  • Limit : Max. 9%


This new food raw materials shall be carried out in accordance with the provision of the current national standards for food safety in China. Appropriate labelling instruction must be done especially for Sodium hyaluronic acid and Lactobacillus kefiranofaciens. This regulation is effective starting from January 07, 2021.



China’s National Health Commission (NHC). (2021). Announcement on 15 kinds of “three new foods” including Isaria cicadae Miq. Fruit (artificial cultivation). Retrieved from