launches new food safety reporting system
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By Mike Stones, 20-Aug-2009
China’s State Food and Drug
Administration has launched a new food safety reporting system which it has
offered for public consultation.
The system is designed to ensure food safety
accidents or potential food safety accidents at regional level are reported
swiftly and accurately. According to the China
State News Agency: “The time to respond to the report should be no more
than six hours, and no party or individual shall conceal, lie, or delay the
reporting of food accidents.”
Any food-related accident that involves more than 30 people must be
reported to the local food administration department within six hours.
Accidents involving more than 100 people or cause more than one
death and those that occur in schools or during national events should be
reported to the local health department and the food and drug
administration of a higher level within six hours. They should also be
reported to the Chna State Food and Drug Administration in a timely manner,
said the guidelines.
Regional (above county level) food and drug administrations are
empowered to investigate food service providers who are obliged to provide
food samples and information. Regional administrators will be allowed to
take some provisional measures including, but not limited to, isolating the
food and materials that may be related to the accident, sealing
contaminated tools, and disclosing information about the accident.
The new rules require food service providers to report any food
related accidents within two hours to the local supervision departments and
to take effective measures to coordinate the investigation of the
Food Safety Commission
Meanwhile, earlier this year China announced plans to launch a food
safety commission to oversee the nation's entire food monitoring system.
The new commission is expected to focus on the nation’s macro food
safety strategies and the division of responsibilities in times of
emergency. It will not have any representatives from the food industry.
Technical support for the new organization is expected to come from
three existing organizations: the State Food Safety Science and Technology
Commission, the State Food Safety Risk Assessment Commission, and the State
Food Safety Standard Commission.