New system to warn of unsafe food

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 04 October, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 04 October, 2003, 12:00am

The mainland will institute a system next year to warn the public about unsafe food as the government steps up supervision of the food industry, Xinhua reported yesterday.

Through the new warning system, the government will publicise the results of its monitoring for contamination in food products, Xinhua said, quoting officials from the Ministry of Health.

It did not give details, such as the frequency of such reports and the range of products covered.

The officials said the new system would initially focus on manufacturers with inferior equipment and quality control.

The report noted that trade was another key factor behind the move as the export of Chinese food products expanded.

Yesterday, Japan's Kanematsu Corp began recalling imported Chinese dumplings suspected of containing a banned food additive, the trading firm said.

The new system complements an action plan announced in August to tighten food safety. Under the five-year action plan, food manufacturers were identified as the main parties responsible for food safety. It also proposed amendments to tighten legislation and food safety guidelines.

Xinhua admitted yesterday that although the government had been vocal on the importance of food safety, food poisoning still occurred frequently.

The State Food and Drugs Administration was set up in March as part of a move to strengthen control over food and drug production.