Wu: Milk scandal prompts NPC's revision of draft law
Updated: 2009-03-09 14:03
BEIJING -- China's parliament put the draft food safety law high on its agenda last year after a milk contamination scandal caused widespread panic and public grumbles, top legislator Wu Bangguo said Monday.
The NPC Standing Committee, with Wu as its chairman, endorsed the Law on Food Safety last month after four readings. It goes into effect on June 1, 2009.
As another result of the revisions following the milk scandal, the law also stipulates a ban on all chemicals and materials other than authorized additives in food production, saying that "only those items proved to be safe and necessary in food production are allowed to be listed as food additives."
In the tainted dairy products scandal, which left six infants dead and almost 300,000 sickened, melamine, often used in the manufacture of plastics, was added to milk products to deceive protein test.
The booming industry of tonic food boasts an estimated annual output value of 100 billion yuan (US14.62 billion) in China.
Beijing-based dairy producer Sanyuan bought Sanlu Group earlier this month with 616.5 million yuan (US$90 million) at an auction.