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Monday, 01 June 2009
June 1, 2009 Chinese authorities have said its new food safety law,
which comes into effect today, will help prevent the food contamination
incidents that have caused so much damage to the reputation of its domestic
The legislation aims to toughen up the country’s food monitoring network by
imposing more stringent standards, stricter supervision and a recall system
for tainted or substandard products. The government has also pledged
offenders will face severe punishment.
The Ministry of Health, which will coordinate the law’s implementation, has
drafted several extra regulations on food standards, the control of food
risks and the management of new products.
Health Minister Chen Zhu announced that experts sitting on two national
panels would oversee the system and a national risk control centre would be
set up to boost safety evaluation procedures, detection of toxic chemicals
and carry out risk assessments.
The food safety law is the government’s response to a string of food
contamination scandals over the past few years, including that of
melamine-tainted infant milk and dairy products which caused a number of
deaths and sickened at least 300,000 people.