China restructures ministry for better food, drug safety

March 11th, 2008 - 4:03 pm ICT by admin  

Xinhua
Beijing, March 11 (Xinhua) As part of its efforts to ensure better monitoring of food and drug safety, China’s health ministry has been restructured to coordinate food safety management, organize investigations into serious food safety accidents and decide on penal action. Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) will be put under the Ministry of Health (MOH) as part of the cabinet restructuring reform to better monitor the country’s food and drug safety, State Councillor Hua Jianmin Tuesday told the National People’s Congress, the country’s top legislature.

He said the MOH would also be responsible for the constitution of the national food safety standards, the pharmaceutical code and a basic state pharmaceutical system.

The SFDA is responsible for food sanitation permits and monitoring of food and eatery businesses. The administration shall also monitor drug safety, including the process of research, production, circulation and use, Hua said.
Xinhua

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