US, China work to­gether against food fraud

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI - By WANG HONGYI in Shang­hai

Sci­en­tists and ex­perts from China and the United States are work­ing to­gether to iden­tify food fraud and other food-re­lated is­sues.

Re­cently, China’s Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and US Phar­ma­copeia, a global health or­ga­ni­za­tion that sets stan­dards for medicines and food in­gre­di­ents, held a joint work­shop in Shang­hai. The ses­sion cov­ered top­ics rang­ing from the for­mal risk as­sess­ment of foods to pro­tec­tive mea­sures in­tended to com­bat food fraud.

More than 30 of­fi­cials and se­nior sci­en­tists from 16 dif­fer­ent qual­ity and safety risk as­sess­ment lab­o­ra­to­ries at the China’s Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture, as well as lead­ers and ex­perts from the USP Shang­hai lab­o­ra­to­ries par­tic­i­pated in the event.

This year, USP launched a guid­ance doc­u­ment glob­ally on food fraud mit­i­ga­tion, which is de­signed to as­sist man­u­fac­tur­ers and reg­u­la­tors in iden­ti­fy­ing food in­gre­di­ents that are most vul­ner­a­ble to fraud so as to pre­vent eco­nom­i­cally mo­ti­vated adul­ter­ation.

Dur­ing the work­shop, mem­bers of the China del­e­ga­tion said they have the in­ter­est in work­ing with USP to ex­plore pos­si­ble ap­pli­ca­tions of this vul­ner­a­bil­ity as­sess­ment tool to agri­cul­tural prod­ucts.

Be­sides that, ex­perts and of­fi­cials also en­gaged in vig­or­ous dis­cus­sion about risk as­sess­ment and USP’s pub­lic stan­dards for food in­gre­di­ents, food in­tegrity and food fraud preven­tion.

Ear­lier this year, USP and China’s Cen­ter for Food Safety Risk As­sess­ment (CFSA) worked to­gether to trans­late the Food Chem­i­cals Codex 7, sci­ence-based test­ing stan­dards and spec­i­fi­ca­tions for food in­gre­di­ents, into Chi­nese. The FCC was then pub­lished by USP.

The two have also worked to­gether on a se­ries of foodrelated work­shops and train­ing cour­ses in the coun­try.

So far, China has the sec­ond-largest num­ber of USP’s nearly 900 in­ter­na­tional ex­pert vol­un­teers team.

“Food and drug qual­ity and safety is­sues al­ways have broader im­pacts in the world,” said Chen Jun­shi, chief ad­viser at CFSA, who is also a mem­ber of the Chi­nese Academy of En­gi­neer­ing.

“The col­lab­o­ra­tion with USP, such as shar­ing the ad­vanced ex­pe­ri­ences and car­ry­ing out mean­ing­ful di­a­logues, will help pro­mote the progress of food and drug stan­dards.”

“We are pleased to en­gage in such pos­i­tive con­ver­sa­tions with China’s agri­cul­ture min­istry, and look for­ward to fu­ture col­lab­o­ra­tion on top­ics of shared in­ter­est,” said K.V. Suren­dranath, PhD, USP se­nior vi­cepres­i­dent for in­ter­na­tional site op­er­a­tions and in­terim gen­eral man­ager for USPChina.

Food and drug qual­ity and safety is­sues al­ways have broader im­pacts in the world,” CHEN JUN­SHI CHIEF AD­VISER AT CFSA, WHO IS ALSO A MEM­BER OF THE CHI­NESE ACADEMY OF EN­GI­NEER­ING

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