Chinese lawmakers last week passed new food-safety laws meant to tighten supervision of manufacturers and impose tougher penalties on those who make bad products, as the government seeks to restore public confidence after a spate of problems with tainted food.
The new law requires:
1. A system to recall problem products;
2. The enforcement of uniform nationwide standards for allowable additives to nutritional labeling;
3. A national food-safety commission to coordinate work by other government agencies;
4. Companies that produce substandard products will face higher fines and those whose licenses are revoked because of illegal conduct will be banned from food manufacturing for five years;
5. Companies are also legally liable for any harm they cause consumers;
6. Celebrities that endorse faulty products can also be held liable under the new law;
7. Farmers to adhere to safety rules governing the use of pesticides, fertilizers, veterinary drugs and feed additives in growing crops and raising animals;
8. Farmers will also be required to keep detailed records on raising crops and livestock for human consumption.
So, I wonder if our lawmakers will do anything?