China launches 5-year plan for food, drug safety
Updated: 2007-06-06 14:46
China will launch a long-term offensive
against dangerous medicines and bad foods that have alarmed consumers, the
government announced in a plan that vows stronger export controls.
A vendor sells cooked food at a market in Shenyang, northeast
China's Liaoning Province June 6, 2007. China will launch a sweeping
offensive against dangerous medicines and bad food, the government
announced in a new plan that also promises stronger international
"Ensuring food and pharmaceutical safety for the public must be the starting
point and destination of all work," states the document issued on the government
Web site (www.gov.cn) late on Tuesday.
five-year campaign promises nationwide monitoring of adverse reactions to drugs,
special inspections to cover 90 percent of food production businesses, and
strict controls to stop farmers and producers over-using pesticides and
This drive promises to defuse mounting domestic and
foreign fears about medicines, farm produce, toothpaste, pet foods and many
other daily goods.
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