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China Adopts Law to Ensure Farm Produce Safety

China's legislature, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), on Saturday voted for a law on farm produce quality safety, nailing down a series of measures to ensure farm produce safety.

The law will go into effect on Nov. 1.

An official with the Legislative Affairs Commission under the NPC Standing Committee said on Saturday that the environment at the production areas of farm products always influences the quality of farm products.

In recent years, agricultural product safety incidents take place due to the air, soil or water pollution at the product growing areas.

Therefore, the law forbids to discharge sewage, waste gas and solid waste or other poisonous substances to the agricultural product production areas.

The law also prohibits to produce and collect farm products at the places where poisonous and harmful substances exceed statutory standards.

The law regulates the use of fertilizer, pesticides, veterinary medicine, feed and feed additives, and requires to establish production records for agricultural products.

(Xinhua News Agency April 29, 2006)

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