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Food safety campaign slashes dairy numbers (2)

By Zhou Wenting (China Daily)

08:26, January 06, 2012

To tackle other problems regarding dairies, such as small-scale producers and shoddy management, city authorities implemented licensing controls at the beginning of last year.

"A mill must be non-residential," Hou said. "Warehouses should be at least 150 square meters in area and a food enterprise should be at least 100 meters away from sources of pollution."

In the city's Beichen district, 62 food manufacturers, including dairies, were closed and another 16 unlicensed workshops were shut last year. The figures, up to October, matched the number of cases from previous years, according to Sha Jie, who is in charge of food quality supervision in the district.

Sha said the leap in numbers was, at least partially, due to more supervisors.

"They went up from three to 14 last year. We're putting together a bureau to crack down on illegal practices in the food industry," she said.

Other regions are also taking measures.

In Guangdong province dairy representatives were invited to interviews with quality regulation agencies.

"It's desirable to keep two-way communication between watchdogs and businesses," Zhi said.

Authorities will conduct national campaigns to ensure dairy and food quality in 2012, he said.

"Milk, alcohol, meat products, food additives and organic food will be the main targets of our supervision," he said.

Authorities will also step up measures to axe substandard dairy businesses.

"We will improve access and we are determined to weed out unqualified businesses," he said.

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