Oct. 15 (Xinhua) -- Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) Chief
Executive Donald Tsang announced here Wednesday that to better ensure food
safety, the SAR government has been working on a comprehensive Food Safety
Bill for introduction in the current legislative session.
2008-09 Policy Address at the Legislative Council Wednesday morning,
Tsang said the recent milk product incidents have highlighted the
inadequacies of existing laws and the need to speed up the legislative
work. The HKSAR government has set up an expert group to thoroughly assess
the impact of the melamine incidents and to recommend follow-up measures to
the Chief Secretary for Administration on the healthcare and food safety
He said the HKSAR government will give
priority to drafting the relevant part of the Food Safety Bill so that the
authorities can promptly ban the import and sale, and order the recall of,
problem food when necessary.
"We will soon introduce the Bill
into the Legislative Council," said Tsang.
The policy address, titled
"Embracing New Challenges," responded to Hong
Kong's new challenges, including the current global financial
crisis, food safety and environmental pollution.
The Policy Address was Tsang's second
annual policy address since he won a second term as HKSAR Chief Executive
in March 2007.