Upgrading food safety standards to the international advanced level is stressed in the Opinions on Deepening Reform and Guaranteeing Food Safety issued by the Central Committee of the CPC and the State Council in May.
It puts forward developing the most stringent standards to ensure that every one can trust the food they eat, mainly through the following work:
·Speed up the development and revision of common food safety standards related to pesticide and veterinary drug residues, food contaminant and pathogenic microorganisms. The number of limit indicators for pesticide and veterinary drug residues is expected to reach up to 10,000 by 2020, which will be in line with international food code. Accelerate the development of standards catering to the urgent needs of industrial development and regulation.
·Innovate standardization work mechanism. International food safety standards can be referenced and converted. Streamline standard development and revision processes and encourage enterprises to implement enterprise standards more stringent than national standards or local standards. Actively participate in the development of international food code as well as the evaluation analysis and management decision making of emerging risk factors.
·Strengthen standards implementation. Intensify the explanation, propaganda and training on food safety standards, and prompt food producers and traders to accurately understand and use those standards and guarantee their mandatory nature. Track and evaluate the use of those standards.