China ramps up inspections of regional food safety authorities

By RJ Whitehead

- Last updated on GMT

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Beijing will send inspectors to provincial governments to review their food safety records as part of a wide-reaching annual assessment of progress.

The General Office of the State Council this week published a circular charging the food safety committee with overseeing the review and tasking an office under the committee to work with other authorities to conduct the inspections.

Local governments will also be asked to evaluate their own performances, and a final assessment report will be issued by the central authorities. In it, the performance of the local governments will be assigned one of three grades.

Officials from the governments that receive the lowest ratings will be summoned to talks with the food safety committee, and may even have to face the leaders of the State Council if necessary.

Officials seen to have performed poorly will be disqualified from any awards or honorary titles, the circular added.

Related topics: Policy, Food safety, East Asia, China

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