European and US authorities are seeking further high level talks with China over its plans to increase regulations on food imports.
From October next year Beijing wants all items from pasta to coffee and biscuits to carry health certificates even if they’re considered low-risk.
EU and US officials say the regulation would dramatically raise costs for global suppliers and potentially create a major logistical problem.
In Europe and the United States similar controls are only for needed for dairy products, meat and other perishable goods. Chinese products are not required to meet the same standards.
China’s imports of food and drinks have increased rapidly in recent years and it’s widely expected to become the world’s top consumer of imported food by 2018.