China tightens dairy chain after melamine scares

21 November 2008 09:04  [Source: ICIS news]

SHANGHAI (ICIS news)--Beijing has unveiled guidelines to ensure that Chinese dairy products conform to the highest standards and are free of contamination from chemicals such as melamine, said an official announcement on Friday.

The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) on its website announced some strong measures to manage the dairy chain from producers to distributors.

The most important measure of the government is that the State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) must stipulate new standards to focus on melamine testing, said the announcement.

Melamine, an industrial chemical used in plastics and adhesives but forbidden in any kind of food, was found in China’s baby milk powder in September, leading stories to recall China-made diary products across the globe.

Quantities of melamine were found in Hong Kong marine fish farm last week, reported the state Xinhua news agency. Melamine was also found in eggs and animal feeds in succession in recent months.

Another point of action is that the government must support innocent dairy farmers who have faced huge losses in the melamine-tainted milk scandal, but the announcement stopped short of mentioning the detailed amount for the supportive fund.

The national technology and quality inspection departments should also popularise the quickest methods to test the melamine content, added the announcement.

Furthermore, the Ministry of Public Security should deal with illegal producers or distributors who added melamine into any food.

The melamine-tainted scandals involved adding the chemical to milk products and animal feeds to make them appear rich in protein content.

Pearl Bantillo contributed to this article
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