News last update:6 Aug 2012

Chinese army asked to monitor food safety

The Chinese army is to take steps to ensure the safety of its food supply. Food suppliers will have to pass hygiene and safety checks, and units will be ordered to monitor the supply chain.

In recent months China has been hit by numerous food and drug safety scares. Poor quality or fake food and drugs, such as toothpaste, pet food and powdered milk, have been found. In some cases, people have died because of tainted products.

Weak foundation
At a news conference in Beijing earlier this week, China's State Food and Drug Administration admitted it had a huge job ahead to improve its supervision of safety standards. "As a developing country, China's food and drug supervision work began late and its foundations are weak," spokeswoman Yan Jiangying said.
Her comments came as the agency's former head, Zheng Xiaoyu, was executed for corruption. He had been convicted of taking bribes linked to sub-standard medicines, which were blamed for several deaths.

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