FDA sends inspectors to China

Source of Article:  http://www.ift.org/news_bin/news/news_home.shtml

11/20/2008-The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has opened its first overseas office in China to guard against contaminated animal feed, counterfeit drugs, toys made with lead paint, and dairy products containing melamine, according to an article in the Washington Post.

This comes as a result of China’s growing role as an exporter to the U.S. and the recent food safety scares originating from the country. Most recently, melamine-tainted dairy products and animal feed from China killed four Chinese infants and sickened thousands, prompting last week’s FDA directive that all Chinese foods made with milk be detained at U.S. ports unless importers certify them melamine-free.

The FDA contingent in China will have at least eight American employees, in addition to Chinese hires, in three offices in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. The aim is to work more closely with Chinese regulatory agencies to set quality standards and to educate companies and their distributors.

FDA Release

Washington Post Story



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