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Sun. June 14, 2009; Posted: 08:27 PM
BEIJING, Jun 14, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- CHIF | Quote | Chart | News | PowerRating -- China is planning to set up its first national risk assessment system, following a spate of tainted food incidents in recent years, officials said on Friday.
Chen did not give a specific timeline for the system but said "it would be implemented very soon", Saturday's China Daily reported.
"With this system, we'll be able to establish a national food safety standard, which is essential to people's health," Chen was quoted as saying.
The new committee will make independent risk assessments and provide scientific analyses as the central government regulates and amends national food safety standards, a draft regulation released on the Ministry of Health's (MOH) website stated earlier this week.
Any risk assessment of food safety can also be carried out after the ministry receives reports of potential food problems, according to the newspaper.
The MOH, Ministry of Commerce, Administration for Industry and Commerce, as well as the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, can also call upon the committee to conduct an assessment, the MOH said.
If needed, the committee can also use professional technological institutions to collect and analyze related data, the draft stated.
All assessments, funded by the MOH, will be done independently to keep the process objective and transparent.
Food safety risk assessment centers will be built in provinces and municipalities across the country to form a national network to guarantee food safety, said Su Zhi, vice director of the health legal system and supervision department of the ministry.
Since December last year, the MOH has cracked down on 7,626 cases involving food safety and retrieved economic losses of more than 67 million yuan (about 9.8 million U.S. ), figures from the ministry showed.
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