China had destroyed 667 tons of unqualified or fake food
products and ordered 446 tons to be removed from the market by
October 8 in a nationwide campaign to improve the quality of goods
and food safety, according to official statistics.
The four-month overhaul, described by Vice Premier Wu Yi as a
"special battle" to ensure public health and interests and uphold
the reputation of Chinese products, covered 120,000 wholesale and
retail markets, and found 1,690 places that produced or sold fake
The campaign, launched in August, targeted farm produce,
processed food, the catering sector, drugs, pork, imported and
exported goods and products closely linked to human safety and
Though the campaign is effective in improving product quality,
the government still needs to establish "a long-term monitoring
mechanism" to guarantee food safety, said Zhou Bohua, head of the
State Administration for Industry and Commerce.
Currently only more than 60 percent of small-scale food shops in
towns and urban communities record incoming goods. The situation in
bigger cities is better as approximately 90 percent of the food
sellers in wholesale markets, department stores and supermarkets
keep written records.
"A strict recall system should be established and implemented
under government supervision," said Zhou.
(Xinhua News Agency October 26, 2007)