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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.


China bans firms from exporting goods

July 20, 2007

By AUDRA ANG, Associated Press 

BEIJING – China said Friday it had shut down several firms at the heart of food and drug safety scares, its latest move to clean up those industries and salvage its reputation as a reliable exporter.

Li Changjiang, head of the General Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, said officials were focusing on stricter market access requirements for companies, conducting random checks and beefing up product testing.

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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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