Premier Wen Jiabao on Friday pledged a basket of measures to improve food
safety and product quality after a spate of safety scares concerning
The measures included higher market access requirements and safety standards,
better law enforcement and more transparent information disclosure.
"Food safety and
product quality concerns people's health, a producer's credibility and a
country's image. Therefore, full attention must be paid to the issue," Wen told
a national working conference on product quality.
Premier Wen Jiabao speaks at a meeting on product quality in
Beijing July 27, 2007. [Xinhua]
He called for improvements in the following six fields.
Improvement to the market access mechanism and the elevation of quality
standards for products that concern people's health and safety.
To update China's quality standards according to international standards.
To strengthen supervision on food and product quality throughout the whole
To speed up amendments to relevant laws and regulations including the Food
Hygiene Law and the Frontier Health and Quarantine Law.
To launch crackdowns against illegal small food processing plants in the vast
rural and suburb areas.
To establish a transparent and rapid information disclosure system and
publicize quality information to ensure the public is well informed.
The premier stressed that problems also existed in law enforcement. He said
many violators did not receive the punishment they deserved, and the fines were
often much less than what they earned from their illegal activities.
He said the laws should be strictly enforced and punishments meted out
according to the laws.
In response to some media reports on allegedly unsafe Chinese toothpaste,
seafood, toys and even tires that had fanned global concern about Chinese
products in general, the premier said China is a responsible country that always
attachs great importance to product safety.
"We squarely face our problems and would like to solve them with other
countries through dialogue, discussion and investigation," Wen said. "We know
that good quality is the most persuasive argument, and we are making consistent
efforts to improve it."
He said China would like to work together with the international community to
improve product safety, as it was a common concern for all countries.
But the premier added: "We do not support media hype on unsafe Chinese
products, and we're against trade protectionism and