Archive for the ‘Inspection’ Category

Vietnam Boosts Seafood Exports To EU Through Italy

March 18, 2008

HANOI, March 18 Asia Pulse Vietnam and Italy will cooperate to boost the export of seafood and agricultural products to the European Union (EU).

To this effect, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on food quality control has been signed by Nguyen Tu Cuong, Head of the National Fisheries Quality Assurance and Veterinary Directorate (Nafiqaved), and Romano Marabelli, General Director of the Italian Ministry of Health’s Department of Food, Nutrition and Public Health.

Marabelli said Vietnam should increase food exports to Italy, especially seafood such as shrimp, tra and basa catfish.

He also warned that Vietnam’s food exports must meet hygiene safety standards in order to protect consumers health.

To do this, the Vietnamese representative emphasised the need to raise producers awareness of food safety and increase the control of functional agencies.

To date, 269 Vietnamese enterprises have been permitted to export their products to the EU and Italy.

(VNA)

Tainted pills hit U.S. mainland

February 6, 2008

By MICHAEL MELIA, Associated Press Writer

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The first warning sign came when a sharp-eyed worker sorting pills noticed that the odd blue flecks dotting the finished drug capsules matched the paint on the factory doors.

After the flecks were spotted again on the capsules, a blood-pressure medication called Diltiazem, the plant began placing covers over drugs in carts in its manufacturing areas.

But the factory owner, Canadian drug maker Biovail Corp., never tried to find out whether past shipments of the drug were contaminated — or prevent future contamination, according to U.S. regulators.

Thirteen of the 20 best-selling drugs in the United States come from plants on this island. But an investigation….

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.

China Calls Toy Recall ‘Responsible’ But Doesn’t Itself Take Responsibility

August 23, 2007

By AUDRA ANG, Associated Press

BEIJING – China on Thursday said a global recall of millions of its toys was the responsible thing to do, but said that was the result of new industry standards — not poor quality.

Meanwhile, a Cabinet-level panel announced the launch of a nationwide safety campaign focused on food and drugs, as well as increased monitoring of exports. The measures underscored government efforts to win back consumer confidence.

Earlier this month, Mattel Inc. recalled almost 19 million Chinese-made items around the world including dolls, cars and action figures. Some were contaminated with lead paint….

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China may need a fresh approach to regulating its often unruly economy

July 8, 2007

By Joseph Kahn
International Herald Tribune
July 8, 2007

BEIJING: Phony fertilizer destroys crops. Store shelves are filled with deodorized rotten eggs, and chemical glucose is passed off as honey. Exports slump when European regulators find dangerous bacteria in packaged meat.

More product safety scandals in China? Not this time. These quality problems prompted a sluggish U.S. government to tighten food and drug regulation 101 years ago, when President Theodore Roosevelt signed the act that created the Food and Drug Administration.

Like America’s industrializing economy of a century ago, China’s is powered by zealous entrepreneurs who sometimes act like pirates. In both cases there were epidemics of fatal fakes, and regulators too inept, corrupt or hamstrung to do much about it.

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http://www.iht.com/articles/
2007/07/08/news/beijing.php?page=1