All legal food exports now bear inspection labels, and any
illegally imported meat, fruit or waste materials in circulation
has been either returned or destroyed, the top quality watchdog
The CIQ (China Inspection and Quarantine) inspection mark
signifies that the goods meet quality standards and should help
foreign food importers distinguish certified Chinese food products
from fake ones.
And the return or destruction of illegally imported products has
helped keep the public safe, according to an announcement by the
General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and
Both measures are part of the ongoing national campaign against
unsafe food and substandard products, the announcement quoted AQSIQ
Minister Li Changjiang as saying.
Li said the campaign, launched in late August, had "achieved
Figures released yesterday show that by the end of last month,
80 percent of the country's food processing enterprises had
received production licenses, and about 70 percent of the small
food plants with less than 10 staff had committed to making safe
In addition, 70 percent of the raw material bases for export
food products had been inspected, and 94 percent of the
agricultural wholesale markets in big and medium sized cities had
been brought under the observation of a monitoring system,
according to the AQSIQ.
Li said he was confident of the campaign's success despite its
"Although the goals are difficult to achieve, we'll do our
utmost to ensure a successful campaign," he was quoted as
The four-month special campaign against poor product quality was
launched in response to a series safety scares involving Chinese
products worldwide. The campaign, which will run to the end of the
year, sets 20 detailed goals, including 12 "100 percents".
For instance, 100 percent of food producers should be licensed;
100 percent of agricultural wholesale markets in cities must be
monitored; 100 percent of suppliers of raw materials for exported
products should be inspected; and 100 percent of agricultural
products must be free of five types of strong pesticides.
Vice-Premier Wu Yi has described the campaign as a "special war"
to protect the general public and to safeguard both the
made-in-China label and the country's image.
Also yesterday, the AQSIQ posted a notice on its website saying
the country had banned Canadian poultry because of an outbreak of
bird flu there.
The notice, jointly issued with the Ministry of Agriculture,
said the ban had come into effect on September 30, and that any
shipments arriving in China would be destroyed or returned. The
move followed similar bans by the United States and Japan.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said last month that a
strain of avian influenza, or bird flu, had been confirmed at a
large chicken farm in Regina, Saskatchewan.
(China Daily October 9, 2007)