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  1. Agency admits weak infrastructure for food and drug safety

    Posted Jul 11th 2007, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma in Beijing Beijing conceded yesterday there was little cause to be optimistic about product safety as the Food and Drug Administration rolled out a belated 11th five-year plan containing many pledges to improve supervision amid intense international pressure. Administration spokeswoman Yan Jiangying said: 'As a developing country, China's food and drug ...

  2. Former drugs boss on trial for corruption

    Posted May 17th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The former chief of the mainland's food and drug regulator went on trial in Beijing yesterday, accused of taking millions of yuan in bribes and dereliction of duty. The first hearing in the trial of Zheng Xiaoyu, who was chief of the State Food and Drug Administration from 1998 to 2005, lasted a full day at the Beijing No1 Intermediate People's Court, an official ...

  3. Tainted reputation

    Posted May 23rd 2007, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... that the then-director of the State Food and Drug Administration, Zheng Xiaoyu , was dismissed in 2005 and is now charged with accepting bribes to approve untested medicine. Currently, it seems, it is relatively ... for a strong regulatory regime. Food safety is so poor that even the head of the food and drug administration in Zhuhai reportedly brings his own cooking oil to restaurants in other cities because ...

  4. Open and accountable

    Posted Aug 08th 2007, 12:00am by James Dorn

    ... Xiaoyu , the former head of the State Food and Drug Administration, for taking bribes while approving deadly drugs is a stark reminder that government oversight is not a guarantee of safe food ... to supplement government regulation to ensure the optimal amount of safety - that is, the amount that is worth what it costs. As former US Food and Drug Administration deputy commissioner Scott Gottlieb ...

  5. What is it? Sodium polyacrylate

    Posted Nov 18th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Other names it goes by: Acrylic acid homopolymer, sodium salt, polyacrylic acid. What's it used in? Moisturisers, anti-ageing treatments, sunscreens. What does it do? It's used as a polymer to bind ingredients together. Any controversy? The US Food and Drug Administration says it is safe to use in limited quantities in food, but some animal studies show it can affect sensory ...

  6. Grip to tighten on fake and low-quality food

    Posted Jun 07th 2007, 12:00am by Bill Savadove

    ... Bill Savadove in Shanghai Mainland unveils strategy to defeat illegal traders as row grows over adulterated goods Mainland officials have unveiled a plan to improve food and drug safety ... plan pledges to improve supervision over the food and drug industries to 'encourage social harmony and stability'. It was approved by the State Council in April and was finally ...

  7. Taiwan to establish database for food

    Posted Jun 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... fishery, livestock and forestry sectors, while the Industrial Development Bureau will deal with the phase of product processing and manufacturing. The Food and Drug Administration would supervise ... more alarming were local media reports that the tainted additive had been used in Taiwan for up to three decades. In the cross-departmental meeting yesterday, officials from the Food and Drug ...

  8. New rules tighten controls on food and drug exports

    Posted Jul 28th 2007, 12:00am by Ting Shi

    ... drugs. Premier Wen Jiabao told a meeting on national product quality yesterday the central government placed great emphasis on food safety and would not shirk its responsibility, Xinhua reported. ... and local governments, and increase the punishment for illegal activities', Xinhua reported. They apply to food, agricultural products, drugs and 'any goods relating to human health ...

  9. letters

    Posted Feb 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Waste not, want not: think before you eat Hong Kong may be considered a foodie's paradise, but it is also gaining notoriety for its excessive food wastage. Friends of the Earth, a green group, says that leftover food at two wedding banquets recently in Hong Kong amounted to a total of 400kg. The Environmental Protection Department points out that almost 3,300 tonnes ...

  10. TV series celebrating food leaves sour taste for some

    Posted Jun 03rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... we've messed up our food and drug safety regime.' But the show has its fans. Wang Xiang, a native of Gansu who now lives in Beijing, said that, coming from the north, he was no stranger ... Raymond Li raymond.li@scmp.com A new documentary series on Chinese cuisine airing on CCTV has set food lovers abuzz over the nation's rich culinary history, while inadvertently ...




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