China's legislation office Thursday issued a draft law on
the regulation of the implementation of the Food Safety Law in the
country, soliciting public opinions at the same time.
The draft, released by Legislative Affairs Office of the
State Council, has 57 items in nine chapters.
It reiterates that food-production enterprises shoulder
the primary responsibility for food safety problems, and that they
should have rigorous controls on the entire production process.
These enterprises should establish effective monitoring
systems as for raw materials acceptance, product-storage management and
Related departments and administrations should be aware of
their own responsibilities and should demonstrate smoother cooperation
with the enterprises.
The draft law also specifies some comprehensive items in
the Food Safety Law, making them more practical and operational.
It further stresses hospitals and clinics should report
serious or suspected food-poisoning cases or food-borne disease such as
cholera, salmonella and hepatitis A, to the local health bureau. The
health bureau then should inform the upper bureaus or central health
administrations if the situation grows serious.
The regulation will be brought into effect on June 1.
Citizens can leave their opinions at the Web page of www.chinalaw.gov.cn before May 4.