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China sends U.N. notice saying food exports safe

China sends U.N. notice saying food exports safe

China has defended the quality of its food exports in a formal notice sent to the World Health Organization, saying almost all such exports are safe.
The Health Ministry notice is a sign of growing government concern over a global backlash against Chinese food and other exports following product recalls and complaints of chemically tainted seafood and juice drinks.
"The Chinese government has consistently placed a high priority on the work of food safety," the eight-page notice said.
"The Chinese government is willing to increase information exchanges and communication with international society and other countries in line with its attitude of openness and transparency," it said.
The note was sent one week ago but posted on the ministry's Web site yesterday. It repeated previous Chinese statements that 99 percent of the country's food exports were safe.
The Health Ministry also reiterated a list of action China has taken recently to improve food safety, from increased inspections to penalties for companies who violate standards.
"The Chinese government has attached importance to developing friendly cooperation in the food safety field with other countries, regions and relevant international organizations," the notice said.
China said its notice was to "strengthen communications with all member states of the WHO to promote the development of the food trade and to guarantee public health."
"We hope the World Health Organization gives support and help to China's food safety work, and also reports on the situation to member states," the notice said.
On Tuesday, China launched a campaign to weed out unqualified manufacturers amid a global recall of Chinese-made toys.
The crackdown on toy makers comes two weeks after Mattel Inc., the world's largest toy maker, recalled almost 19 million dolls, cars and action figures because they contained lead paint or tiny magnets that could damage organs if swallowed by children.
The full notice, in Chinese, is at www.moh.gov.cn


Updated : 2021-08-01 12:26 GMT+08:00