The difference between the common food and the health food
- May 20, 2018 -

The difference between common food and health food: concept is different.

Ordinary food: refers to all kinds of products and raw materials for people to eat or drink, as well as articles according to traditional food and medicine, but not for the purpose of treatment. (according to the food safety law ninety-ninth)

Health food: suitable for specific groups of people to eat, has the function of regulating the body, but not for the purpose of treating diseases. Health food must meet four requirements, one is that the necessary animal or population do functional tests to prove that it has a clear and stable health function; two is that all kinds of raw materials and their products must meet the requirements of food hygiene, and do not produce any acute, subacute or slow harm to the human body; three is the composition and dosage of the formula. It is necessary to have scientific basis and definite functional components. Four, labels, instructions and advertisements should not publicize the curative effect. (according to the regulations on health food management, second and fourth).


The difference between common food and health food two: raw materials are different.

Common food: the raw materials used must be safe.

Health food: the raw materials used are safe (safety toxicology test) within the scope of the use of this product, and the pharmaceutical raw materials should be identified by pharmacology, toxicology and comprehensive clinical evaluation.


The difference between common food and health food three: management is different.

General food: managed by district level health bureau and Technical Supervision Bureau.

Health food: evaluated by the State Food and drug administration, and the State Food and drug administration is responsible for managing the production process.


The difference between common food and health food four: label management and naming are different.

General Foods: refer to GB7718 and food labelling regulations.

Health food: refer to the naming regulations of health food and the management of drug labels.


The difference between common food and health food five: the declaration procedure is different.

General food: after filing the enterprise standards with the local quality and technical supervision administration, the scope of food hygiene license can be increased.

Health food: we need to declare it to the State Food and drug administration. After approval, we need to increase the scope of health license.


The difference between common food and health food six: different departments of food hygiene license accept different departments.

General food: generally obtained from food hygiene permits by health supervision.

Health food: in the drug supervision and Administration Bureau, the GMP review of health food is carried out at the same time that the health license is obtained. That is to say, the health food GMP is marked on the food hygiene license.