News last update:6 Aug 2012

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.

Food recall system
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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