EU health chief urges China to improve quality of food exports

The European Union's health chief on Wednesday urged China to improve the quality of its food exports, pointing to a range of problems found in recent months.

EU health chief urges China to improve quality of food exports
The European Union's health chief on Wednesday urged China to improve the quality of its food exports, pointing to a range of problems found in recent months.

"In prevention work, we need to see improvements in China. We need to see results," Markos Kyprianou, the European Commissioner for Health, told reporters after meeting Chinese officials in Beijing.

Kyprianou highlighted recent problems including chemical residues in imported Chinese fish, unauthorised use of genetically modified rice, and concerns about illegal imports of Chinese food products.

In one recent case, a shipment of rice and gnocchi from China was falsely labelled as steel tubing, he said.

EU nations find about twice as many problems with food imports from China than from any other country, Kyprianou said.

He said he told senior Chinese officials that China's exports "must meet Europe's high food safety standards if prosperous trade relations are to be maintained".

The EU said its "Rapid alert system for food and feed" found more than 260 food safety problems relating to Chinese products last year.

DPA
Last Mod: 12 Eylül 2007, 15:23
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