China vows to ensure food and drug safety for people, since such
problems closely link to Chinese people's health and life safety,
and the economic development and social stability as well, said Wu
Guangzheng, a senior Chinese official in an inspection to the State
Food and Drug Administration on April 29.
Wu, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of
the Communist Party of China Central Committee, said there are some
negative problems existing in food and drug sectors, such as the
sale of fake, toxic food and advertisement for illegal drugs.
What's worse, the administration, supervision and law
implementation in certain areas were not effective, which greatly
harmed the interests of the Chinese people.
The Chinese government, in line with its policy on putting
people first, will take concrete, realistic measures to safeguard
people's food and drug safety, by severely checking and punishing
the illegal activities of producing and selling fake and
substandard food and drugs, Wu said.
He stressed the Chinese government will enhance supervision and
management on the food and drug market in four steps. First,
special inspections into the food and drug markets will be carried
out to clamp down on food and drug production and sale without
official permission. The central and local governments will put
more focus on advertisement for drugs, and the food supply for
children and rural areas.
Secondly, the government will crack down on illegal cases of
producing and selling fake food and drugs, following effective
practice on banning shoddy milk powder in east China's Anhui
Province last year. Cases causing large numbers of victims should
be seriously handled, and officials failing to fulfill their
responsibility should be severely punished.
Thirdly, Wu said, in-depth analysis on food and drug safety
cases should be made, to set up a long-term and effective mechanism
monitoring food and drug supplies. Reform should be carried out in
the official approval on food and drugs to prevent unqualified
products from entering the market. A supervision network on drug
supply in rural areas should also be set up.
Wu said, fourthly, governmental administrations should join
hands to supervise the food and drug supply, to ensure that laws be
fully implemented for the administrative power to take effect.
(Xinhua News Agency June 9, 2005)