Winston Nutritional, which was established in 2015, has achieved infant formula plant registration from the General Administration of Customs of the Peoples’ Republic of China (GACC) for its Auckland-based blending and canning facility. It secured a general dairy registration in 2017.
The plant registration allows Winston to continue the registration for CFDA approval of individual infant product lines. Under China’s strict regulations on infant formula manufacture, each plant can produce only three brands for export to China.
Since the introduction of the new registration system the number of approved New Zealand producers has dropped from more than 200 to 17 currently.
The process of achieving infant formula plant registration is lengthy and involves an assessment of the manufacturer’s operations, systems, facilities, hygiene systems and quality management processes.
William Zhao, general manager, said, “We are delighted to have achieved this milestone for our plant, which enables us to move ahead with product registrations and provide our China market customers with further opportunities.
“As a total-solution contract packing facility for milk powder products, this registration demonstrates the exceptionally high standards Winston offers to brand owners seeking a manufacturing partner.”