Monday, May 21, 2007
Food safety crisis in China
China is taking steps to improve product safety in response to international concern over food and other products made in the country. This new policy was announced at an international conference on product safety that opened in Beijing on Monday, according to NHK.
Officials stressed that China regards product safety as its chief priority and takes responsibility for the safety and health of consumers. They said China is setting up a system for stricter product inspections, and added that the government is preparing an online database of products about which there are safety concerns.
The European Union says about half the faulty products exported to the region last year were from China, and in the United States, thousands of dogs and cats died recently after eating pet food made with ingredients from China.
Food safety crisis in China? You bet. China Daily reports that the government has unveiled a five-year plan for food and drug safety administration, aiming to improve monitoring and law enforcement in food and drug production. Governments at all levels should invest in food and drug safety and enhance supervision capabilities, the plan said.
What they call "quality eligibility rate" of fresh agricultural products in large whole-sale markets and chained supermarkets in big and medium-sized cities will reach 95 percent in 2010. Wow, what about the rest. And what about now? Sounds like trouble.
There is also an ongoing scandal in China with officials from the food and drug administration on trial for taking bribes from drug companies. Yesterday, Chinese media reported a second official went on trial alongside the watchdog body's former head, in the latest blow to the country's record on food safety, according to China Daily.
Blogs I Like
- Ad B: Japan Navigator
- Adventures of a (Swedish) Salariman in Tokyo
- Amy: Blue Lotus
- Boing Boing: Wonderful Things
- Brendan: UNU OurWorld 2.0
- Hiroko & Rick: Itadakimasu
- Jared B: Tokyo Green Space
- Joan: Popcorn Homestead
- Jon: Toshogu or As I See Japan... From L.A.
- Justin B: The Rational Pessimist (Climate & Risk)
- Kat: Food Adventures in Japan
- Ken: KenElwood in semi-rural Japan
- Mari: Watashi to Tokyo
- MTC: Shisaku
- Otakimura: In The Pines
- P: Pacific Islander
- Peko Peko: Kyoto Foodie
- Richard H: Spike Japan
- Risa & Kirk: Savory Japan
- Robert: Pure Land Mountain
- Shizuoka Gourmet
- Ten Thousand Things
- Tom: Kitchen Garden in Japan
Links I Like
- News: About Sweden in English
- News: BBC
- News: Der Spiegel (Germany) in English
- News: Deutche Welle
- News: FT Asia (UK, EU)
- News: Kyoto Journal (Japan)
- News: NHK World Society & Others (Japan)
- News: People's Daily (China)
- News: Telegraph (UK)
- News: The Local (Sweden)
- News: Yomiuri Online (Japan)
- News: Yonhap (Korea)
- NGOs/News: Organic Consumers Association (US)
- NGOs: Amnesty
- NGOs: Consumers Union (US) Food
- NGOs: Consumers Union of Japan
- NGOs: Greenpeace
- NGOs: Greenz.jp
- NGOs: Japan for Sustainability
- NGOs: Japan Organic Agriculture Association
- NGOs: Japan Vegetarian Society
- Shops: Alishan Organic Center
- Shops: Eco to Waza (GreenJapan)
- Shops: Warabe Mura
- Stuff: Japan Probe