China Constructs Food-Tracking System
China will speed up the construction of a national electronic food-tracking system as an effort to boost food safety supervision according to a Cabinet circular.
Featuring food safety work for 2013, the State Council circular urged efforts in making infant formula, ingredient milk, meat, vegetables, liquor and wine, as well as dietary supplement products traceable.
Standards concerning pathogenic microorganisms, use of food additives and levels of pesticides and veterinary drugs in food products will be improved before the end of the year.
National product standards for honey and edible vegetables as well as relevant standards for testing methods will also be improved by the end of 2013.
Calling for efforts in forming a food safety credibility system, the Cabinet urged a "blacklist" system to be set up to publicize the names of companies who fail to be honest and transparent in its business, a move intended to promote self-discipline in the food industry.