China starts food safety campaign

Published: Dec. 9, 2008 at 12:18 AM


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BEIJING, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- China, hit by the melamine-contaminated baby milk food scandal, will launch a 4-month long campaign intended to prevent a recurrence of similar problems.

The government's campaign, set to begin Wednesday, will seek to ensure that all food products are free of non-edible substances and excessive levels of additives, China Daily reported.

"The tainted-milk scandal shows illegal production of food products and the use of non-food substances are not isolated incidents. Instead, they are quite typical of the industry," Vice-Minister of Health Chen Xiaohong said during a national teleconference in Beijing. "If these problems are not solved, food scares are likely to recur."

The baby milk food contamination killed six infants and sickened about 290,000 more with urinary tract ailments, including kidney stones.

Chen said the nationwide campaign on food safety, involving nine government departments, is designed to cleanse and regulate the market and crack down on businesses using excessive food additives.



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