Muslim food industry in China vows to ensure food safety

 2008-10-11 17:49:37




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    XINING, Oct.11 (Xinhua) -- Muslim food business leaders in China are pledging product safety and vowing to follow their religious teachings in food production.

    200 Muslim food business leaders made that declaration while attending an ongoing international trade fair in the northwest Chinese city of Xining.

    This is the latest move by the country's food industry to self-regulate after a series of safety scandals.

    "The recent Sanlu baby milk powder safety incident severely endangered consumer's health and damaged the international image of Chinese food businesses," Wang Zhanhe, general manager of the restaurant chain, Little Sheep Group Ltd., said while reading out the Chinese Muslim Food Industry Declaration on Quality and Credibility on behalf of manufacturers at the fair.

    "We will strictly abide by the laws and regulations of China and other countries in the world, implement the halal standard, and create a safe and reliable halal food market," the declaration said.

    "The declaration reiterated the social morality that an enterprise must have," said Chawalit Na Muangtoun, representative of Thailand's Chia Tai Group and president of the company's subsidiary in north China's Hebei Province.

    "At Chia Tai Group, we believe in the concept of using morality to direct production and sales," he said.

    Chawalit said food enterprises should lose money rather than make it immorally.

    Members of foreign business delegations voiced appreciation for the food safety declaration.

    "We hope these goals can be done by all the halal companies and all the dairy companies in China," said Kamarul Arifin Ab. Gani, agriculture counselor of Malaysia Embassy. "Every company should follow the declaration."

    Shahzad Hussain Rana, commercial counselor of the Pakistan Consulate General, said products made in China can be found almostevery where in his country.

    "Mistakes might happen, but I think China is a very responsible country and the control of quality is good for protecting the people," Rana said.

    The China (Qinghai) International Halal Food and Product Fair is one the most important halal fairs in the world. More than 400 international business people, experts and officials from 26 countries and regions attended the fair this year.




Editor: Lin Liyu


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