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Obesity targeted in national regulation
By Huo Yongzhe (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-07-18 05:32

SHANGHAI: China is to work out a national nutrition regulation to safeguard healthier nutrition intake and ensure food safety among all of its 1.3 billion population.

A boy is doing exercise during at summer camp organized for overweight yongsters in Changzhou, Jiangsu Province, July 7, 2005. [newsphoto/file]
The country could also establish a national nutrition working committee a planned ministerial government department to oversee the development and healthy growth of the sector.

The regulation, which has been in the pipeline for more than a year and is now under revision by the Ministry of Health, will be submitted to the State Council for approval later this year and could be put into place early next year, according to Zhang Chengyu, assistant counsel of the department of health policy and legislation under the Ministry of Health.

It will become the country's first regulation specialized in nutrition improvement and enforcement following some previously released rulings to protect food safety in China.

The new regulation is aimed at raising awareness among Chinese citizens and protecting them, in order to have a better nutrition supply and intake, said Zhang.
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