Food safety, salt price ad­dressed

China Daily (USA) - - POLICY REVIEW - ByWANG YIQING wangy­iqing@chi­nadaily.com.cn

De­part­ments and min­istries un­der the State Coun­cil have re­sponded to a se­ries of pub­lic con­cerns in the past week, in­clud­ing food safety, salt prices, real es­tate mar­ket man­age­ment, se­nior high school rank­ings and the safety of X-ray se­cu­rity in­spec­tion de­vices for air­plane and train pas­sen­gers.

The China Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion has in­spected 369 sam­ples of fruit, meat prod­ucts, liquor, pas­tries and bis­cuits and found seven sub­stan­dard sam­ples. Lo­cal food and drug ad­min­is­tra­tions have urged food man­u­fac­tur­ers re­spon­si­ble for the sub­stan­dard sam­ples to re­call the prod­ucts, an­a­lyze the prob­lems and rec­tify them.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion also called for halt­ing sales of th­ese sub­stan­dard items, re­port­ing the re­sult of their in­ves­ti­ga­tion to the China Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion and pub­li­ciz­ing the find­ings.

Of­fi­cials of the Na­tional De­vel­op­ment and Re­form Com­mis­sion have re­cently re­sponded to the lib­er­al­iza­tion of salt prices. The com­mis­sion said that the govern­ment will take ef­fec­tive mea­sures con­cern­ing salt dis­tri­bu­tion and de­liv­ery, stock­ing, mar­ket price su­per­vi­sion and mar­ket in­spec­tion to main­tain the ba­sic sta­bi­liza­tion of salt prices. Mean­while, rel­e­vant de­part­ments will pro­vide sub­si­dies to the salt in­dus­try and tar­geted low-in­come groups to en­sure their con­sump­tion of salt will not be af­fected.

The Min­istry of Hous­ing and Ur­ban-Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment has

num­ber of sam­ples of food items in­spected by the China Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion in a re­cent move to im­prove food safety

re­cently re­ported cases of ru­mor spread­ing in the real es­tate mar­ket in Hangzhou and Shen­zhen. The min­istry called for lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to fur­ther strengthen man­age­ment of the real es­tate mar­ket and strictly deal with “vi­cious ru­mors” that dis­turb the lo­cal mar­ket in or­der to pro­tect po­ten­tial and ac­tual buy­ers’ le­gal rights and in­ter­ests, and pro­mote the sta­ble and healthy de­vel­op­ment of the real es­tate mar­ket na­tion­wide.

The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion re­cently an­nounced that the min­istry has never car­ried out an eval­u­a­tion of the so-called 100 best se­nior mid­dle schools na­tion­wide and has never pub­lished any na­tional rank­ings of se­nior mid­dle schools. The min­istry said such eval­u­a­tions go against the re­quire­ment of qual­ity-based ed­u­ca­tion and un­der­mines the di­ver­si­fied de­vel­op­ment of se­nior mid­dle schools.

TheMin­istry of Civil Af­fairs has re­cently re­leased the third batch of “offshore non-gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions” and “fake non-gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions”.

The batch in­cludes 68 non-gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions, such as in­ter­na­tional Chi­nese lan­guage teacher as­so­ci­a­tions, among oth­ers. The min­istry had pre­vi­ously re­leased the names of 1,287 un­qual­i­fied non-gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions.

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