1. Six Chinese medicines are approved as food ingredients

On 6 January 2020, National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China (NHC) approved six new substances which can be conventionally regarded as both foods and Chinese medicines. In other words, from now on, these Chinese medicines can be used as food ingredients in China.

The newly approved 6 substances are as follows:

S.N.Latin namePartNote
1Angelica sinensis(Oliv. )DielsrootUse as spice and condiment.
2Kaempferia galangal L.rhizomeUse as spice and condiment.
3Crocus sativus L.stigmaUse as spice and condiment, also known as “saffron” in spice and condiment.
4Amomum tsao-ko Crevost et LemairefruitUse as spice and condiment.
5Curcuma longa L.rhizomeUse as spice and condiment.
6Piper longum L.earUse as spice and condiment.

Note: When the substances produced and operated as foods, they should comply with the Food Safety Law.

2. Nine substances expected to be regarded as both food and Chinese medicine

At the same time, NHC issued a Notice to carry out the pilot production and operation of nine substances (details are as follow). China authorities will further study the feasibility of treating the following substances as both food and Chinese medicine after the pilot study.

S.N.Latin namePart
1Codonopsis pilosula(Franch.)Nannf.root
Codonopsis pilosula Nannf. var. modesta (Nannf.) L.T.Shen
Codonopsis tangshen Oliv.
2Cistanche deserticola Y.C.Masucculent stem
3Dendrobium officinale Kimura et Migostem
4Panax quinquefolium L.root
5Astragalus membranaceus(Fisch.)Bge.var.mongholicus(Bge.)Hsiaoroot
Astragalus membranaceus(Fisch.)Bge.
6Ganoderma lucidum (Leyss. ex Fr.)Karst.sporocarp
Ganoderma sinense Zhao, Xu et Zhang
7Cornus officinalis Sieb.et Zucc.flesh
8Gastrodia elata B1.tuber
9Eucommia ulmoides Oliv.leaf

Source: CIRS

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