China government targets infant formula standards

China government targets infant formula standards

The Chinese government has called for joint efforts to improve food safety standards in the country, including increased government supervision, industry "self-discipline" and public scrutiny.

Speaking during the country's food safety week, Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang urged government institutions to develop "innovative supervision methods" that examine the "entire process from the production of ingredients to the final products leaving the factory".

"Wang urged improved legislation on food safety so as to provide the legal foundation for all parties involved in the issue," a statement released last week by the country's Food and Drug Administration revealed.

In particular, officials have targeted improved standards in the production of infant formula. Following the 2008 melamine scandal, when six babies died and thousands more were sickened by tainted infant formula, the sector has faced a high degree of public scrutiny.

In details unveiled last week, the Chinese government said infant formula manufacturers will be subject to the same product certification system that applies to drug companies. Manufacturers will also be required to provide food safety authorities with a detailed ingredients list and inform them of changes to the product make-up. 

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Official stresses joint efforts to ensure food safety

Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang has called for combined efforts including enterprises' self-discipline, government supervision and public scrutiny to promote food safety in the country.
Wang made the comments Monday as activities marking national food safety week started.
He urged related government organizations to carry out innovative supervision methods that cover the entire process from the production of ingredients to the final products leaving the factory.
While encouraging strict public scrutiny to name and shame any industrial violations, Wang called on food companies to strengthen a sense of responsibility and improve quality management.
In addition, Wang urged improved legislation on food safety so as to provide the legal foundation for all parties involved in the issue.

Original source: China Food and Drug Administration