According to The Food Safety Law of China, for producing food with new raw material or importing food using new raw materials, the manufacturer/importer should submit safety assessment materials of the product to the NHFPC for review. For applications that comply with food safety requirements, a license shall be approved and announced to public. Otherwise, reasons for disapproval will be given in written form.
If producers or importers violate the law by using new food materials in food production or importing food using new raw materials without an approved safety assessment, the illegally gained benefits/foods and the tools, equipment and raw material used for production or trading will be confiscated. A fine between RMB 50,000 to 100,000 will be imposed if the total value of the commodity is less than RMB 10,000, or a fine between 10 and 20 times if the total value of the commodity exceeds RMB 10,000; for severe violation of the law, the business license of food producers and traders will be revoked.