Chinese officials must try harder to restore China's product safety popularity, especially those officials at lower levels that oversee manufacturing, Vice-Premier Wu Yi said.
In a meeting to evaluate the progress of a four-month nationwide safety campaign that began in August, Wu Yi said that a few apparent results were achieved, but there was still room for improvement.
"There are only three months left, but the task is still arduous," said Wu, who leads a Cabinet-level panel on product quality and food safety. Her remarks from the September 27 meeting were posted Monday on the government's website.
The panel's formation was one of China's significant steps to boost its image as a safe exporter after its products - from toothpaste to seafood to toys - were found to contain potentially dangerous chemicals.
"Leaders at all levels ... should consider this campaign their current urgent task," Wu said. She said there should be stronger systems of responsibility and tracking, tighter supervision and stepped-up inspections.
"The foundation of this campaign is at the grass-roots level, the achievements will be shown at the grass-roots level and the accomplishment of this task relies on the grass-root level," Wu said.
Officials need to "step up the guidance and examination ... so as to guarantee the implementation of the task," she said.
Wu highlighted actions taken by Guangdong and Jiangsu provinces, two of China's manufacturing giants, saying they had increased supervision measures and "made full checks on toys made for export."