China promises to increase its food safety
China's regulatory standards chief guaranteed to update and boost
enforcement of food safety rules as the country faces intense international
pressure for exporting unsafe products from toothpaste to pet food ingredients.
Chinese-made toothpaste has been rejected by several
countries from Latin America to Asia while Chinese wheat gluten tainted with the
chemical melamine was blamed for dog and cat deaths in North America. Other
products turned away by US inspectors include toxic monkfish, frozen eel and
juice made with unsafe color additives.
The backlash against tainted Chinese exports has forced the
government onto the offensive. It recently highlighted at least four American
products as unsafe or not up to Chinese safety standards. At the same time,
safety officials have urged better surveillance at all levels and promised to
set up a food recall system, the country's first, by year's end.
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