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Ministry acts on dairy safety

By ZHENG JINRAN (China Daily)

08:25, February 04, 2013

A couple looks at baby formula in a shop in Hong Kong on Friday. [Vincent Yu / AP]

China's food safety watchdog plans to introduce tougher regulations on the import and export of dairy products, following a series of scandals.

Any imported dairy product that fails to meet safety, health and environmental standards is likely to be destroyed within three months, or returned to its country of origin, according to a regulation released by the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine on Friday.

The Supervision and Management Regulation on the Inspection and Quarantine of Imported and Exported Dairy Products will come into effect on May 1.

Wang Dingmian, the former vice-chairman of the Guangdong Dairy Industry Association, welcomed the move and said that stricter supervision could help protect customer safety, and force manufacturers to pay more attention to the country's existing nutritional standards.

"Standards do need to be improved, otherwise the effects will be limited," Wang said.

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