Feb. 17 (Xinhua) -- The draft Law on Food Safety will have its fourth
reading by lawmakers next week after being removed from the agenda of China's top
legislature in December.
Members of the National People's
Congress (NPC) Standing Committee will discuss the draft law at an upcoming
bi-monthly session scheduled from Feb. 25 to 28, according to a statement
issued after a meeting of the chairman and vice-chairpersons of the NPC
Standing Committee on Tuesday, presided over by chairman Wu Bangguo.
Changes in the draft will not be
released to the media until that meeting.
The draft Law on Food Safety has been
revised several times. The most recent changes were made following the
tainted dairy scandal, in which 6 babies were killed and 290,000 others
Sources with the NPC Standing
Committee said earlier the postponement in December was suggested by the
State Council as it was evaluating China's food safety monitoring
system and practices.
Also at the February session,
lawmakers will continue to review amendments to the Criminal Law and to the
Insurance Law. They will also discuss a treaty with Peru on judicial assistance on civil and
commercial affairs, an extradition treaty with Mexico
and a consular accord with Japan.
An important task at the four-day
session is to prepare for the upcoming parliament full session, the Second
Session of the 11th NPC, scheduled to open March 5.
Participants at the February session
will deliberate a draft report on the work of the 11th NPC Standing
Committee, the draft agenda of the second 11th NPC session, the draft
presidium and secretary-general name list, and a draft name list of
non-voting delegates of the session.