China promises to improve food safety

Source of Article: http://members.ift.org/IFT/Pubs/Newsletters/weekly/nl_110508.htm

November 5, 2008

China’s Premier Wen Jiabao pledged that the country will take steps to improve its food safety system by introducing China’s first major food safety law.

The official said the recent melamine-tainted milk scandal represented a failure of regulation. The country is committed to meeting international standards for all its food exports, he said.

“Food involves a full process from the farmland to the table. It involves many links and many processes,” he said, speaking at the Asia-Europe Meeting summit in Beijing. “In every link and every process, we need to put in place effective and powerful regulatory measures.”

State television also showed authorities destroying 32,200 tons of contaminated products. About a third of the products burned consisted of infant formula made by Shijiazhuang Sanlu Group, whose products were the most heavily tainted. Four babies have died and thousands were sickened by the products.

With the recent discovery of melamine in eggs, the Associated Press is also reporting that since the chemical is often added to animal feed in China, it may already be in the global food chain. But experts say the levels are likely low enough to pose no risk to humans.

China says it will improve food safety (Associated Press)

Melamine may already be in global food chain (Associated Press)

 

 

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