Make food im­ports, ex­ports more se­cure, re­form meet­ing says

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHANG YUNBI zhangyunbi@chi­

China should per­fect its sys­tems for safety risk alerts, quick re­sponse and su­per­vi­sion of com­modi­ties be­ing im­ported and ex­ported, a meet­ing chaired by Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping de­ter­mined on Wed­nes­day.

The coun­try should com­pre­hen­sively im­prove mon­i­tor­ing, eval­u­a­tion, alerts and han­dling of safety risks to up­hold the rights and in­ter­ests of con­sumers, the 37 th meet­ing of the Central Lead­ing Group for Deep­en­ing Over­all Re­form said in an of­fi­cial re­lease.

At the meet­ing, Xi, also head of the lead­ing group, urged gov­ern­ment de­part­ments across the coun­try to en­sure progress in the on­go­ing re­forms.

The meet­ing high­lighted the safety of traded com­modi­ties at a time China is be­com­ing a ma­jor buyer of global foods. Food im­ports have achieved an an­nual av­er­age growth of 2.6 per­cent in the past five years.

China in­spected and quar­an­tined $46.6 bil­lion worth of im­ported food last year, ac­cord­ing to a re­port by the Gen­eral Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Qual­ity Su­per­vi­sion, In­spec­tion and Quar­an­tine re­leased this month.

The pub­lic in­ter­est should be given top pri­or­ity, the meet­ing on Wed­nes­day de­ter­mined. The bot­tom line should be cham­pi­oned and the fo­cus should be on pre­vent­ing risks.

Also, the coun­try should re­form and im­prove its sys­tems for eval­u­at­ing and ap­prov­ing med­i­cal equip­ment and should rein­vig­o­rate the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­try, the meet­ing said.

Ef­fort should be made to re­form the man­age­ment of clin­i­cal tests, and ac­cel­er­ate the eval­u­a­tion and ap­proval process for en­try of new items into the mar­ket, it added.

The coun­try should re­in­force the en­ter­prises’ ca­pa­bil­i­ties of in­no­va­tion and re­search and de­vel­op­ment, as well as speed up the process of bring­ing new and out­stand­ing medicines to the mar­ket to meet ur­gent clin­i­cal needs, the meet­ing said.

Im­prov­ing cul­tural and peo­ple-to-peo­ple ex­changes be­tween China and the out­side world was also dis­cussed at the meet­ing.

China should im­prove its plan­ning of such ex­changes, in­no­vate its high-level cul­tural ex­change pro­ce­dures and re­form the con­tents, forms and op­er­a­tions of such ex­changes, the meet­ing de­ter­mined.

The ideas on boost­ing cul­tural and peo­ple-to-peo­ple ex­changes should be re­al­ized in var­i­ous ar­eas of China’s in­ter­ac­tions with the world to high­light the Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics and the Chi­nese styles, the meet­ing said.

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