China will monitor the production and sale of food made for
children and those made for the rural population, China's health
watchdog told Xinhua on Friday.
"We mean to strengthen the protection of this disadvantaged
group," a spokesman of the health ministry said on condition of
The ministry will punish producers who cheat peasants by making
inferior food products, the spokesman said.
It will focus on baby food and food produced for schools, he
It will also better regulate foodstuffs that promise to reduce
blood sugar, weight loss, and boost energy, he said.
(Xinhua News Agency February 17, 2006)