BEIJING -- China's cabinet
publicized a special regulation on the supervision of food safety on Friday amid
criticism from home and abroad of the quality of food products made in China.
The regulation issued by the State Council is aimed at intensifying the
control over producers and distributors dealing with food products. The main
-- Inspection and quarantine authorities, as well as commercial and drug
supervisors, should establish positive and negative records for Chinese food
exporters and submit the records to the media regularly.
-- Local governments at county level and above are mainly responsible for the
supervision of food product safety.
-- Exporters of food products who provide fake quality certificates or evade
quality and quarantine inspections will be fined three times the product's
China has faced a barrage of international criticism over the state of its
food industry in the first six months of the year following a series of
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced at the end of March that
pet food imported from China had caused the deaths of cats and dogs. Later, in
May, Chinese toothpaste was found to contain diethylene glycol in Central
America and the United States.
Japan, Singapore, Australia and other countries sent back millions of
toothpaste tubes and Canada halted imports from China.
The FDA also refused seafood products from China in June, saying that it
would not resume imports until Chinese exporters provided necessary safety
The regulation has also set out rules on the supervision of imported food
-- China's imported food products should meet both the national compulsory
standards and criteria in the contracts signed by Chinese importers and foreign
-- Chinese importers should make detailed records of domestic distributions
for imported food products and the records should be kept for at least two
-- Inspection and quarantine authorities should establish a blacklist for
foreign exporters and to seriously punish domestic importers who introduced
unqualified food products.