China Market Intelligence
China and the United States took steps this week, both jointly and separately, to address food and product safety, an issue important to policymakers and consumers in both countries.
The US and PRC presidents last week met in private before taking part in a two-day Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Sydney, Australia. Characterizing his conversation with President Hu Jintao as "constructive and cordial," President George W. Bush appeared satisfied with the state of US-China relations, according to both foreign and PRC media.
The PRC State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) on July 10 released the revised Administrative Measures for Drug Registration after twice soliciting comments from industry and the public in spring 2007.
In the wake of international warnings regarding toothpaste and wheat gluten made in China, the PRC State Council last week publicized China's 11th Five-Year Plan (FYP, 2006-10) for Food and Drug Safety. The FYP broadly aims to better monitor food and pharmaceutical safety and clamp down on the production and sale of counterfeit and inferior foods and drugs and other related illegal activities.
In recent weeks, US government and media have reported that wheat gluten imported from China and used to manufacture certain pet food products contained melamine, a chemical used in plastics and fertilizers. Melamine can be used to make feeds appear to contain higher protein content and is banned from food products in the United States.