Food Safety Comes Vice-Premier: State Media
Source of Article: http://www.bernama.com.my/bernama/v3/news_world.php?id=394889
By Tham Choy Lin
BEIJING, March 9 (Bernama)
battered food safety will come under the eye of the top leadership under a
vice-premier, state media reported Monday.
Health Minister Chen Zhu told China Daily that a State Council leader will
head the food safety commission to be formed under the new food safety law
to be enforced from June 1.
"The announcement confirms media speculation that a vice premier in
charge of health work will lead the commission," the English newspaper
said on its online version.
Currently, the Health Ministry is under the supervision of Li Keqiang, one of four vice premiers in the State Council
or otherwise, cabinet.
has been dogged by a series of food safety issues, including the use of
banned chemicals or additives, that had marred its
reputation at home and abroad.
In particular, last year saw the Sanlu tainted
milk scandal in which the industrial chemical, melamine, was found in
infant formula .
Six babies died and nearly 300,000 others were affected with kidney
In an editorial Monday, the China Daily said existing food safety
mechanisms had failed because "the responsibilities of different
departments had not been properly dovetailed."
"Looking back on the Sanlu scandal and other
unfortunate ones, we see a pattern at work - the more government agencies
are involved in one task, the less likely things get done," it said.
The editorial added: "Liabilities can be easily transferred among the
parties, so that no party gets its due share."