Half of coun­try’s food safety testers not cer­ti­fied

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

About 460 in­sti­tutes re­spon­si­ble for food test­ing un­der China’s food and drug su­per­vi­sory sys­tem — about half the to­tal — have not re­ceived cer­ti­fi­ca­tion from the gov­ern­ment, ac­cord­ing to an in­spec­tion re­port from the na­tion’s top leg­is­la­ture.

The Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of the Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress eval­u­ated en­force­ment of the new food safety law in 10 prov­inces, au­ton­o­mous re­gions and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties from April to May. It found that half the to­tal 921 in­sti­tutes re­spon­si­ble for food test­ing are not cer­ti­fied. The new law took ef­fect in Oc­to­ber,

Mean­while, re­dun­dant test­ing in­sti­tutes have been es­tab­lished in some ar­eas, and many dif­fer­ent or­gans may ex­ist in a sin­gle district, the re­port said.

Be­sides the food test­ing, the re­port also said su­per­vi­sion of food work­shops and small restau­rants has not been suf­fi­cient, and some food pro­duc­ers even put fake or sub­stan­dard ad­di­tives into food prod­ucts.

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