China Adopts Food Safety Law
BEIJING - China's legislature has enacted a new food safety law Saturday, to go into effect on June 1st. The National People's Congress has approved the law, which will ensure food safety "from the production line to the dining table," China's Xinhua News Agency said.
The law calls for a monitoring and supervision system, a set of national standards on food safety, severe punishment for offenders and a food recall system, Xinhua said. It will also impose strict supervision over additives.
China's government has been trying to restore confidence in the country's food system since the disclosure in September that infant formula was contaminated with the industrial chemical melamine. The tainted milk is blamed in the deaths of at least six Chinese babies and the sickening of nearly 300,000 others.
Previously, China's regulatory system had come under scrutiny after exports of pet food ingredients killed and sickened pets in North and South America. The chemical in the dangerous pet food was the same as in the milk scandal - melamine.