China, EU sign agreements on toy, food safety
Updated: 2006-09-20 09:19
BRUSSELS -- China and the European Union (EU) signed on Tuesday two
cooperation agreements on toy and food safety in a bid to further boost
The agreements were signed by Li Changjing, China's Minister of General
Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine and EU Health
and Consumer Protection Commissioner Markos Kyprianou.
"The agreement we have signed today with the Chinese authorities is a
significant step forward in ensuring consumer safety," Kyprianou said.
The "Roadmap for safer toys" outlines a strategy for improving the safety of
Chinese toys exported to the EU, focusing on training and technical assistance,
exchange of information between EU and Chinese authorities and tracing, feedback
and follow up mechanisms for dangerous products.
Under the "Arrangement for the cooperation on joint prevention of illegal
action in the import and export of food," the two sides will improve exchange of
information on illegal activities detected during routine pre-export checks or
other controls, so as to prevent and deter such illegal activity.
Contact points for both sides will be established for the rapid communication
of known relevant technical information concerning potential illegal activities
in food trade.