martes, 1 de septiembre de 2009

China to launch new food safety standards

Food safety standards are aimed at restore the country’s battered reputation.
Chen Xiaohong, Vice Minister of Health, said his department was working with a range of government agencies to come up with the standards following the implementation of the Food Safety Law on June 1, 2009.
The detailed new code would spell out acceptable levels of pathogenic microorganisms, food additives, heavy metals and other pollutants in food products. Other priorities would include allowable levels for pesticide and microorganism residues. Chen declared the new structure would integrate existing standards, lay down new ones in areas where regulation had been lacking and abolish rules that overlapped or contradicted each other. The government is open to suggestions from both the international community and domestic experts.
The scheme is just one of a raft of initiatives to bolster China’s food safety system in the wake of a string of contamination scandals culminating in last year’s crisis when melamine-tainted products killed seven and sickened hundreds of thousands. The new law aims to establish an effective food safety co-ordination mechanism, new standards on reporting food safety incidents as well as food safety risk monitoring and assessment systems. Chen also urges food and drug companies to play their part in acting responsibly.
At the same event, the government’s Ministry of Commerce promised to provide training on quality and safety standards in key markets abroad in a bid to ensure the safety of China’s food exports.
Aporte: Alejandra Lavín

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