China has developed «very good, very complete methods» to regulate product safety, Li Dongsheng, vice minister for the State Administration for Industry and Commerce, told about 130 foreign and domestic reporters on a government-organized trip.
The rare visit to a food safety lab and storehouse for bogus goods came as Beijing tries to burnish its battered image amid scandals over tainted food exports.
«Yes, there are now some problems of food safety of Chinese products. However, they are not serious. We should not exaggerate those problems,» Li said.
At the Beijing food lab, technicians wearing white coats tested packages of spring rolls, dumplings and other frozen foods for toxic chemicals. Others sat at computers analyzing results.
In another room, a huge variety of fake products were displayed, including Wrigley’s chewing gum, Shiseido skin care products and Levi’s jeans.
China’s poor safety record has increasingly come under the spotlight as its goods make their way to global markets. Major buyers, including the United States, Japan, and the European Union, have pushed for 카지노사이트 Beijing to improve inspections.
The pressure has increased in the past few months as U.S. inspectors have banned or turned away Chinese exports — including wheat gluten tainted with the chemical melamine, which has been blamed for dog and cat deaths in North America. Toxic monkfish and frozen eel and juice made with unsafe color additives have also been on the growing list of unacceptable products.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has also stopped all imports of Chinese toothpaste to test for a deadly chemical reportedly found in tubes sold in Australia, the Dominican Republic and Panama.
In response, China appears to have gone on the offensive, highlighting at least four American products in the past week as unsafe or not meeting Chinese safety standards. But safety officials have also urged better surveillance at all levels and promised a food recall system, the country’s first, by the end of the year.
«We do believe this very important for the people,» Li said. «We are very concerned about food safety in China and very concerned about protecting the rights of consumers. But we do not want to cause panic among the people.»