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China Enacts Food-Safety Laws – Is the US Next?

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?

  • Let’s not give too much credit.
    Unfortunately, in recent years, China hasn’t had ANY food safety laws to enhance…
    Perhaps, the laws being proposed will be a good start. Query, however – new “farming rules” sound nice, but how do we deal with the countless Chinese farmers who can’t read? Even assuming they can understand the “new” laws, what happens when they are unable to interpret the labels on the pesticides, fertilizers, and drugs they use, let alone the english labels they are instructed to stick on the products they produce …

  • Bix

    The issue with literacy is one I hadn’t considered.
    I heard that China is having an issue with clean water too. Much of it is polluted.