Each week our two teenagers debate a hot topic. This week ... Ronald Ling The milk scandal has caused panic on the mainland and now in Hong Kong. Many accuse the government of not doing enough to ensure food safety, but I have a different view. It can be argued that the government collects taxes from citizens and hence it should ensure food safety. I agree a sound government should help ensure food safety. But the government can only conduct spot checks on food products or stop the smuggling of unsafe food ingredients. In other words, the government's power to ensure food safety is limited. I think the chief responsibility for tainted goods falls on food producers. They are the ones that manufacture the food products and bring them to the market, making money from consumers. Producers should take responsibility for the food they produce. This is a basic obligation they have to fulfil. To conclude, we should not rely on the government when it comes to food safety. Food producers should be responsible and should discipline themselves to provide safe food to the public. Anthea Wong Our world is very competitive, and many industries go to extremes to attract customers and make profits. Food companies are no exception. It is the government's responsibility to put in place policies and regulations to ensure food safety. For instance, with the constant introduction of new food products, the government should implement stricter testing procedures to ensure quality and safety. This may help prevent contaminated or toxic food from entering the market. Furthermore, the government should set heavier penalties for those who violate the law. This way, food companies will act more responsibly and have more self-discipline. Take the current baby milk scandal for example. If the central government had put in place stricter policies and had enforced quality control inspections, this incident could have been avoided. To me, the government should be responsible for ensuring food safety.