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Japan, China, S.Korea sign food safety memorandum

November 23, 2009
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According to the Associated Foreign Press, Health ministers from Japan, China and South Korea have agreed to step up efforts to ensure food safety following concerns over pesticide-tainted Chinese-made dumplings. Japanese Health Minister Akira Nagatsuma, his Chinese counterpart Chen Zhu and South Korean health chief Jeon Jae-Hee signed their first joint memorandum on food safety after a meeting in Tokyo, a statement said. The move came as Tokyo seeks further investigation by Beijing authorities over pesticide-tainted Chinese-made frozen dumplings, which made 10 people ill in Japan in January 2008. Under the memorandum, the three nations agreed to immediately notify each other if a food safety problem surfaces and to clarify the process of investigation, the statement said. The three health ministers also issued a joint statement in which they agreed to step up cooperation in the fight against swine flu.
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