Over 90 percent of China's counties will be covered by a food safety monitoring network by 2010 to improve supervision over food quality, said sources at the national food and drug supervision and management meeting.
According to officials at the meeting, the monitoring network will help enhance the overall supervision capacity of food safety by monitoring over 80 percent of the food produced.
The food and drug authorities will also strengthen monitoring over the drug market by setting up a monitoring and reappraisal system to examine the adverse effects of medicines.
To facilitate food and drug supervision information flow, a complete food and drug information network and supervision database will be set up by 2010.
(Xinhua News Agency January 14, 2006)