The Chinese Ministry of Health has revealed plans to strengthen food safety administration and eliminate cases of food poisoning cases. The renewed determination has been prompted by a recent outbreak of food poisoning illnesses. Ministry official Zhao Tonggang told delegates at a high-level Beijing forum on food safety yesterday [Sunday] that unsafe usage of pesticides and growth-enhancing hormones are the major causes of food poisoning outbreaks, as farmers are often tempted by profits to use banned pesticides, chemicals and hormones in a bid to increase production.