Safeguarding food safety has
been made the top priority of China's industrial and commercial departments,
with nearly 5,800 tons of substandard foods recalled in the first half of the
Zhou Bohua, director of the State Administration of Industry and Commerce,
said that fake and low-quality food detected in 34,400 cases involved an
aggregate value of 67.7 million yuan (8.9 million U.S. dollars).
Up to 63,600 entities without business licenses were penalized in the first
half of the year while another 2,207 had their licenses revoked for failing to
meet quality standards.
A total of 3,191 counterfeit hideouts were smashed.
Zhou said staff had stepped up supervision of pork to prevent adulterated
pork, pork from pigs which died of disease or other kinds of substandard pork
from entering markets.
Rural areas and transit routes will be the focus of future supervision, he
In an interview with Xinhua, Li Yuanping, director of the Import and Export
Bureau of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and
Quarantine said that China, the world's major food exporter, has made food
safety a top concern.
"We have put in place a monitoring system which covers plantation, breeding
farms and production bases. Only raw materials that meet standards can be used,"
In response to the health scare sparked by substandard food items ranging
from tainted wheat gluten for pet food to catfish containing antibiotics, Li
said that the government has thoroughly investigated each case.
"All of them are exceptional cases," he said, citing an official figure that
more than 99 percent of China's exports are up-to-standard.
"There is no such thing as zero risk. In term of food safety, it's impossible
for any country to make 100 percent of their foodstuff safe," he said. "The
country should not be put on trial because of the problems of a particular
company. China-made products should not be labeled as substandard just because
of a few bad producers."
Lin Wei, deputy director of the bureau said that China would adopt the
severest measures to punish company culprits, including blacklisting them and
imposing an export ban.