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Pork safety teams needed: Official

by 5m Editor
5 September 2007, at 10:11am

CHINA - A senior official in charge of food quality said yesterday companies and local governments should jointly establish an inspection system to address pork safety issues.

Li Changjiang, head of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, made the remarks during an inspection tour in Tianjin.

It was his second inspection visit to a pork market and processing unit in less than 15 days. Late last month he inspected a market in Beijing.

Sources close to the administration said this was part of the nation's four-month campaign to improve the quality of goods and food.

"Food safety is not only about public health but also the company's image. Companies are responsible for their products. Local governments should also play an active role in supervision and ensure food safety," Li said.

"We are working to implement two 100 percent rules around the nation to prevent any ill or dead pig from entering the market."

The two rules refer to the slaughter of pigs in designated areas and the safe disposal of ill or dead pigs.

Tianjin has "successfully addressed pork safety problems" with the implementation of the rules, Tianjin Deputy Mayor Huang Xingguo said.

Source: People's Daily Online

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