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State Council improves food safety

By Jin Zhu  (China Daily)

08:36, June 14, 2012

Police officers examine decayed beans at an illegal food processing plant in Cangshan county, East China's Shandong province, on June 1. The plant has been shut down. Initial investigation found its products, fried beans and peanuts, were mainly sold to rural market. (Zhu Wutao / For China Daily)

Country will reward people who expose substandard products

The State Council laid out measures to improve food safety on Wednesday, including tighter supervision and harsher punishment for violators.

"It is an onerous task for the government to ensure food safety," as China's food industry is still suffering from nonstandard management and many hidden safety risks, according to a statement released after a State Council executive meeting presided over by Premier Wen Jiabao.

The government should enhance supervision by setting up an efficient mechanism that covers all links in the food industry and a rigid food recall system for destroying defective products, the statement said.

The State Council has vowed a "vigous crackdown" on those who endanger food safety.

Meanwhile, policies, laws and regulations should be revised to increase costs for violators, according to the statement.

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