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China: Strict food safety law passed

A new stringent food safety law has been passed by China. This comes after several food processing companies were involved in scandals.

The new law, which has been coming for 5 years already, places the hundreds of separate regulations and statutes together which cover China's 500,000 food processing companies.

Food additives

Special additives are taken into consideration in the new law. It states that No additives will be permitted unless proven safe. It is set to go into effect on 1 June.

Monitoring

Under the new law there will also be a system for monitoring and supervision, a set of national standards for food safety, severe discipline for offenders and a system for food recall.

Natalie Berkhout

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