China and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) have agreed to alert
each other of food safety and illegal trade to clamp down on unsafe products,
Malaysian health minister Chua Soi Lek said.
maintains stringent vigil on food imported from China following a spate of recalls
and adverse publicity over China-made products, he said on the sidelines of a
China-ASEAN ministerial meeting on food safety initiated by Beijing.
don''t mind because they are confident that 99 per cent of their products are safe,"
had raised the monitoring of China food imports to the highest level and rejected
18 consignments of largely preserved food between January and August this year.
only a small amount considering we import $700 million worth of food from China,"
is supportive of this effort to strengthen the safety of food imports and exports
because it is very important for trade and social stability," Chua said.
meeting ended with an eight-point Nanning Declaration to enhance co-operation
between ASEAN and China as the two sides move to form the world''s most populous
free trade area by 2010.