China and Taiwan Strengthen Their Food Safety Laws to Prevent Food Fraud

Published Date : Jul 15, 2015

In the last couple of months China and Taiwan have witnessed several mal practices in the food sector. Hence, they have taken steps to ensure that their Food and Drug Administrations become more powerful in order to ensure food safety and guard the food sector against any fraud. 

It is very important to track down food fraud to ensure food safety, which is a growing concern in China, said Chen Zheng a member of the international division of the Chinese Institute of Food Science and Technology. Chen Zheng also revealed that the Chinese Government has resolved to take strong actions against any act of food fraud and prevent recurrences of the same. 

Chen Zheng has outlined a few instances when China witnessed food fraud from adulterated liquor produced by industrial methanol to fox feat being sold as mutton. Some of the recent strategies adopted by China to prevent such food frauds were showcased in a presentation which Dr. Junshi Chen created. Dr. Junshi Chen belongs from the China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment. The presentation also included a list of 24 categories of adulterated and non-authentic substances ranging from boric acid to dye to opium. The usage of such ingredients in food products is prohibited. Speaking about the Food Fraud prevalent in China, Zheng also added that a majority of it are intentional and is triggered by clear economic motivations. 

China is not the only country that is dealing with food fraud scams, Taiwan has references of similar incidences too. Hence, the country has already directed its Food and Drug Administration to take steps and intensify the already prevailing quality control measures. The country has asked the administration to ensure that the quality of imported food products is properly inspected, to ensure that only good and nutritious products make their way into the country’s food market.