News last update:6 Aug 2012

F.D.A. opens food safety office in China

The United States opened a branch of the Food and Drug Administration in the Chinese capital on Wednesday, aimed to regulate the safety of imported food and medicine.

The opening follows a string of scandals involving contaminated Chinese-made toothpaste, pet food, drugs and milk. The F.D.A. plans to open inspection stations in Shanghai and Guangzhou; offices will also be opened in India and Latin America.

The F.D.A. offices in China will include eight officials described as "inspectors and senior technical experts in foods, medicines and medical devices."

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