A Chinese economist has urged the country's dairy companies to
pay more attention to the safety of dairy products, which has
hindered further development of the country's dairy industry.
"Many safety issues relating to domestic dairy companies have
been exposed in China in recent years," Zhan Yunhua, a researcher
with the Development Research Center of the State Council, told the
International Conference on Livestock Services in Beijing.
Zhang, quoting a survey of Chinese dairy consumers, said that
about 44 percent of Chinese consumers doubt the quality of the
dairy products and 45 percent do not believe dairy producers can
have a better control over a safe dairy supply chain.
Zhang said the safety issue will have a great influence on the
growth of China's dairy industry, and he urged the government to
improve the food safety administration system to create a better
environment for the domestic dairy companies.
Many Chinese dairy companies have applied for different kinds of
food safety certificates in recent years, but sometimes these
certificates are just for show and lack creditability, said
The dairy industry has a bright future in China. It is expected
that China's dairy output will rank third in the world by 2020,
following India and the United States.
Currently, China's top three dairy giants, Yili Group, Mengniu
Group and Bright Dairy and Food Group, have a 50 percent share of
China's dairy market.
(Xinhua News Agency April 20, 2006)