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China to launch food quality system

December 22, 2007

BEIJING, Dec. 22 (UPI) — China’s official quality control group said all food products must have a quality safety stamp before being released to the market beginning Jan. 1.

The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said all products must have the “Q.S.” label to gain market access, though proprietors may negotiate with sellers to keep products produced before the Jan. 1 implementation date on the shelves, China’s official Xinhua news agency reported Saturday.

China launched the market access labeling system in 2002, though the system lacked widespread execution.

The Chinese government initiated a four-month campaign to investigate poor quality food products starting in late August and closed a total of 192,000 unlicensed food stores and withdrew over 1,000 tons of substandard food from the market during the campaign.