Oct.11 (Xinhua) -- Muslim food business leaders in China are pledging
product safety and vowing to follow their religious teachings in food
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
"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
Tai Group, we believe in the concept of using morality to direct production
and sales," he said.
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
is a very responsible country and the control of quality is good for
protecting the people," Rana said.
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.