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Food and Drug Administration

China to make food and drug safety a top priority

Officers inspect milk powder in a shop in Tongzi, Guizhou. Photo: AFP

The mainland's frightening list of food scandals that have killed and sickened untold numbers are the consequence of authorities' failure to take a responsible stand on safety and regulation. The State Council's decision to create a single agency to deal with food and drug regulation finally moves in the right direction.

Saturday, 16 March, 2013, 2:40am

China to set up food and drug agency after safety scandals

One of the food safety scandals involves baby formula laced with melamine, which led to illness and kidney problems in 300,000 infants and six deaths.

The NPC ministerial-level body, due to be approved within days at the annual session of the National People's Congress, will follow the example of the US Food and Drug Administration.

4 Mar 2013 - 8:46am 2 comments

Energy drink may be responsible for 13 deaths in US

5-Hour Energy

The US Food and Drug Administration has announced that it is investigating 13 deaths possibly linked to 5-Hour Energy, a so-called "energy shot" supplement, and is advising consumers to talk to their doctors before using any energy drinks.

17 Nov 2012 - 2:22am

US to probe possible links between five deaths and Monster energy drinks

Three flavours of Monster energy drinks. The drink is being blamed for the death of a 14-year-old Maryland girl. Photo: AFP

The US Food and Drug Administration is investigating five deaths and a heart attack for possible links to consuming Monster energy drinks, an agency spokeswoman said.

"I can verify that FDA has received five adverse event reports of death and one of heart attack possibly associated with Monster energy drink," the FDA spokeswoman, Shelly Burgess, said.

25 Oct 2012 - 4:44am

'Regulate pharmacy industry', United States told

A vial of the tainted injectable steroids believed to have triggered the outbreak that has killed 12 people. Photo: AP

The deadly meningitis outbreak in the United States blamed on a tainted drug has triggered outraged calls for tighter regulation of the pharmaceutical compounding industry.

12 Oct 2012 - 4:04am

An unhealthy way to deal with scandal

The public's long-held distrust of food and drug safety on the mainland was stirred once again this week by the exposure of toxic medicine capsules containing far more chromium than is allowed.

21 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Amcham to help FDA offices check on goods

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will co-operate with a new committee that will establish standards before drug-testing agencies are licensed to examine and certify mainland goods bound for America.

Harley Seyedin, president of the American Chamber of Commerce South China, announced the formation of its consumer safety assurance committee yesterday.

18 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Hotel takes the lead on food hygiene issues

The Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers has many firsts to be proud of, but in 2006 it hit a milestone which changed the entire industry.

4 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Negligence and greed must not go unpunished

Nothing is more heartbreaking and infuriating than seeing little children needlessly harmed because of irresponsibility, negligence and greed. The milk-powder scandal which has hit the mainland is, therefore, a matter of the greatest concern. The delay in making the problem of tainted milk public is inexcusable.

14 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Huge quality inspection sweeps Guangdong cities

Hundreds of officials, headed by Vice-Premier Wu Yi , embarked on two days of spot checks on food safety and product quality in Guangdong yesterday in the biggest effort of its kind to hit the province, according to Guangdong officials.

30 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Wide range of contacts still under way

Despite Beijing's angry reaction after US President George W. Bush met the Dalai Lama, the two countries are maintaining contacts on a wide range of issues.

18 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Open and accountable

We can never live in a perfectly safe world, but we can approach product safety in an intelligent manner by weighing the costs and benefits of improving safety standards. What nations should not do is allow the quest for safety to turn into disguised protectionism.

8 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Former drugs aide spared the bullet for now

A former aide of disgraced drugs watchdog chief Zheng Xiaoyu was given a suspended death sentence yesterday when a Beijing court convicted and sentenced five drug officials for corruption.

7 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Tainted reputation

The reports of tainted Chinese ingredients in food and drugs killing people and pets present Beijing with a golden opportunity which it should grasp with open arms. As then premier Zhu Rongji explained, China needed to join the World Trade Organisation because the government alone needed the power of international rules to put its house in order.

23 May 2007 - 12:00am

Wu Yi slams 'criminals' who pursue self-interest

Vice-premier cites disgraced drugs watchdog in call for harsher punishment

Vice-Premier Wu Yi condemned disgraced former chief of the State Food and Drug Administration Zheng Xiaoyu yesterday and called for stricter punishment of irresponsible watchdog officials.

9 Feb 2007 - 12:00am