China steps up food safety supervision

English.news.cn   2011-04-21 16:34:23            

 Revised regulation concerning food recalls

by the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine based upon the food recall regulation issued in 2007


1,  Ban the reuse of recalled food products which undergo hazard-free treatment for food production again

2,  Quality control departments should document food recalls and set up food safety credit files for the involved companies.

3, Companies should immediately halt production of food that is found unsafe for human health. They must also report the recall to local quality control authorities within 3 days after the food products are found unsafe.

4, The companies, which are found their production of food unsafe for human health, should take measures to quickly inform manufacturers, sellers and consumers of unsafe products. Those food products already sold should also be recalled, and they must report the progress and number of recalled items to local watchdogs. Additionally, the companies must report the results within 7 days after the recalls are completed, the regulation notes.

5, Those companies involved will be fined as much as 30,000 yuan (4,600 U.S. dollars) if they fail to act quickly.

At a seminar on April 14, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao told the members of the Counselors' Office and the Central Research Institute of Culture and History despite progress in the past decades, the cultural building, especially the fostering of the moral culture, is lagging behind the country's economic development.

He cited food safety scandals in recent years as examples, such as the melamine-contaminated infant formula, steamed buns dyed with unidentified chemicals, the use of "lean meat powder" and the use of illegal cooking oil known as "gutter oil."

"These virulent food safety incidents have shown the grave situation of the degradation of morality and the loss of credits," he said.

"A country without the improved quality of its people and the power of morality will never grow into a real mighty and respected power," he said. Full story

China intensifies crackdown on illegal use of non-edible materials in food

BEIJING, April 21 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese government has ordered an intensified crackdown on the illegal use of non-edible materials in food, according to a circular issued by the General Office of China's State Council, or the cabinet.

Posted Thursday on the official website of China's central government, the circular stressed that non-edible materials -- apart from certified food additives -- are banned from use in food.

The circular added that illicit drugs or any other materials that jeopardize human health are banned in the growing, cultivation, processing, and transportation of agricultural products.  Full story



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BEIJING, April 20 (Xinhua) -- Infant food products, in which levels of melamine, a toxic chemical normally used in manufacturing plastics, is higher than 1 milligram per kilogram of food, will be prohibited from sale in China, according to an official regulation issued Wednesday. Full story

China mulls prohibiting use of Bisphenol-A in infant food containers

BEIJING, April 20 (Xinhua) -- China's Ministry of Health is mulling prohibiting the use of Bisphenol-A, a chemical widely used in plastics manufacturing, in infant food containers, according to an official statement issued on Wednesday. Full story

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China bans two food additives in flour

BEIJING, March 1 (Xinhua) -- Chinese authorities have banned the production of two food additives commonly used to "bleach" flour, said the Ministry of Health Tuesday.Full story


Senior officials

Chinese vice premier stresses efforts to check food safety

BEIJING, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang has demanded the comprehensive enforcement of the country's food safety laws, urging checks to be tightened against unsafe food products.

China should enhance efforts to ensure food safety, which is crucial for protecting human lives and improving people's living standards, Li said while addressing a meeting on food safety on Friday, according to an official statement issued Saturday. Full story

China to take stronger measures to ensure food safety: political adviser

BEIJING, March 2 (Xinhua) -- China has become increasingly aware of food safety issues, as indicated by the stricter penalty meted out for offenders in food-related crimes, a member of the country's top political advisory body said Wednesday.

Zhao Qizheng, spokesman for the Fourth Session of the 11th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference(CPPCC), made the remarks at a press conference. Full story

Central Government

China's cabinet orders intensified crackdown on illegal use of food additives

China to step up food safety supervision in key sectors

BEIJING, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- China will continue its fight against illegal practices concerning food safety this year, tightening supervision and combating unsafe food products in key sectors. Full story

China targets dairy products, meat in food safety campaign for 2011

BEIJING, March 25 (Xinhua) -- China has rolled out its annual working plan to beef up food safety in 2011, as more food safety scandals have entered media spotlight and aroused public concerns. Full story

Local Government

Shanghai vows "toughest measures"

"Shanghai will  work on a blacklist mechanism to expose and strictly punish enterprises that lack credibility and responsibility, " Shanghai Mayor Han Zheng said.

Supreme People's Procuratorate

57 government staff investigated

China's supreme procuratorate urges crackdown on food safety crimes

Ministry of Health

China blacklists 151 materials forbidden, abusable in food, feed

BEIJING, April 23 (Xinhua) -- China has blacklisted 151 materials forbidden or abusable in food and feed over the past nine years, according to figures released by the food safety committee under the State Council, or China's Cabinet. Full story

China vows to improve food safety, grassroots medical services in 2011

BEIJING, Jan. 6 (Xinhua) -- China's Minister of Health vowed Thursday to improve food safety regulations this year while ensuring adequate numbers of medical workers for and low prices at grassroots medical institutions. Full story

China vows to enhance investigation of food safety incidents

BEIJING, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) -- China's health authorities Tuesday vowed to improve their response to food safety incidents.  Full story

General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine

China to adopt new system over food safety

BEIJING, March 30 (Xinhuanet) -- China vows to strengthen its regulation of food quality to eliminate concerns over food safety and to adopt a system to assess the efficiency of the quality supervision and inspections undertaken by local governments. Full story

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