CHINA COMPLETES OVERHAUL OF DAIRY STANDARDS: OFFICIAL

12 Jul 2013 11:19
BEIJING, July 10 (Bernama) -- China has completed an overhaul of standards for dairy products as part of efforts to address food safety concerns, a health official said Wednesday. Chen Rui, an official from the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC), said at a regular news conference that the government is also strengthening standards concerning food contaminants, fungal toxins, food additives and food labels. The overhaul is part of a five-year plan to upgrade food safety regulations, Xinhua news agency reported. According to the plan released in June 2012, the government will improve national food safety standards by revamping outdated standards, reviewing and abolishing any contradicting or overlapping standards and working out new regulations. Many regulations overlap or contradict each other because multiple government agencies were given the responsibility of compiling their own standards years ago. Chen said China has now promulgated 303 sets of national standards on food safety, food additives and nutrient supplements. Consumers have accused food safety authorities of being too lax, which has led to multiple food safety scandals. --BERNAMA EE