Following the massive tainted milk and pet food scandals that damaged the “Made in China” brand worldwide some major changes were made in China to address the food safety problems. But a number of Chinese experts and consumers are concerned that the country’s first food safety law may not be strong enough to prevent a repeat. The new law, which China’s legislature passed recently, toughens penalties against makers of tainted food. It also establishes a Cabinet-level food safety commission to improve monitoring, beef up safety standards, and recall substandard products.
Previously, China had 13 governmental agencies charged with some aspect of food safety and none of them were very effective. After the new law, at least five of these agencies will remain heavily involved in handling food safety. Some Chinese food safety experts wanted a single, powerful agency to deal with all parts of food safety. The new law, effective June 1, and the new commission, to be based in the Ministry of Health, represent the most forceful effort yet in China at solving food safety issues. Hopefully, it will prove to be effective. American consumers should be most interested in whether China has really solved its problems.
Source: USA Today
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