Schafer Says He's Confident of
Food Safety in China
Source of Article:http://www.wisconsinagconnection.com/story-national.php?Id=2819&yr=2008 USAgNet - 12/04/2008
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer told reporters here on Wednesday that
he was "very confident" of the quality of Chinese products, despite
food safety scandals involving pet food, toothpaste and dairy products.
"I'm very confident that the food available to customers here in China is high
quality and safe," he told a press conference here.
Schafer, who is here to attend the fifth China-U.S. Strategic Economic
Dialogue (SED) scheduled for Thursday and Friday, also said the two sides
should continue to cooperate on food safety.
"Globalization has resulted in more inter-dependent food systems, so we
must all work together to protect consumers."
He said it was "encouraging" that China was increasingly using
systematic approaches, such as the draft food safety law, instead of
end-product testing to ensure food safety.
He added that the two sides would continue to work together to make sure that
food safety would not create a barrier to trade, and also establish
inspection and preventive systems to avoid similar food safety problems in
There would be no discussion of the chemical melamine found in dairy products
during this round of SED
talks, according to Schafer.