Global Processing

China to Boost Food Safety Measures after Scandal

March 15, 2010
China will step up food safety efforts in the wake of a massive dairy scandal, expanding supervision to reach more of the country''s countless small farms, an agriculture official said, reported by the Associated Press. China has been struggling for several years to overcome a series of food safety problems. At a news conference, Vice Minister of Agriculture Wei Chao''an said that agricultural officials at all levels are working this year "to prevent any large-scale food safety crises." Wei said China was working to bring more farms under better supervision, a challenge in a vast country where some rural areas are still very poor. A statement from the ministry handed out at the news conference said the government promises to "implement quality and safety monitoring programs targeting raw and fresh milk, and strengthen supervision of purchase stations for raw and fresh milk." Despite tightened regulations and increased inspections on producers, melamine-tainted milk products have recently shown up repackaged in several places around the country, exposing weaknesses in China''s promises to better police the food chain.