China needs to implement a rigid inspection system to ensure that all food
products meet safety standards, said experts with the country's top think tank.
Improving the quality of agricultural products requires a sound quality
supervision network that makes use of the latest technology, Han Jun, an expert
in rural development, said in the recently published Food Safety Green Book.
The traditional model of agricultural production, which relies heavily on
chemicals and other harmful elements to protect fishery and poultry products,
needs to be replaced with a new model soon, according to Han, who is with the
Development and Research Center under the State Council.
To combat the problem, inspection skills should be improved to help root out
major pollutant residues that harm farm products, according to the book. Better
safety inspection skills should be used in the processing, storage and
transportation of food.
The suggestions in the book, the first of its kind in China, may be read
closely because of a recent spate of food and product safety scandals.
Experts also urged the government to set up a nationwide food recall system.
A pilot scheme exists only in major cities such as Beijing.
Under the pilot scheme, only the local commercial bureau has the right to ban
the sale of substandard foods.
(China Daily 07/27/2007 page2)