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China to Improve Food Safety, Control Epidemics: President Hu

by Medindia Content Team on October 16, 2007 at 8:12 PM
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China to Improve Food Safety, Control Epidemics: President Hu

President Hu Jintao said Monday China would step up efforts to improve food safety and prevent the spread of animal diseases, in a speech opening the Communist Party's five-yearly Congress.

"We will intensify efforts to prevent animal and plant epidemic diseases and improve the quality and safety of agricultural products," Hu said.

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Later in the speech, he said: "We must ensure food and drug safety."

The comments came as Hu reviewed the party's performance over the past five years and spelled out priorities for the next half-decade.

China has struggled to stamp out livestock disease outbreaks in recent years, including bird flu and a pig disease that has sparked a major pig cull.

It also has been embarrassed by a string of scandals involving unsafe food and other export products this year.

Source: AFP
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