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Chinese News -China steps up campaign on food safety awareness- Chinese Mandarin

Monday, November 14th, 2011

BEIJING, Nov. 13 (Xinhua) — A campaign that aims to boost the public’s role in safeguarding food safety and promote awareness of the issue was launched at the 9th China Food Safety Annual Conference, which closed on Sunday.

Food safety has a bearing on people’s health as well as the nation’s sound and harmonious development, said Shi Xiushi, chairman of the Financial and Economic Committee of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC), at the opening, calling for efforts to raise companies’ sense of responsibility and consumers’ awareness in preventing and dealing with food safety crimes.

The new campaign is part of a broader five-year program (2011-2015) of food safety education announced by the State Council Food Safety Commission (SCFSC) in May.

The program aims for more than 80 percent of the public to be aware of basic food safety by 2015, with the rate for primary and high-school students reaching up to 85 percent or more.

ARDUOUS WORK

Food safety has become a growing public concern in China following a string of scandals over recent years. In the latest one, illegal workshops were found making and selling “gutter oil,” which is processed from leftovers dredged from gutters.

Gu Xiulian, former vice chairwoman of the NPC’s Standing Committee, the country’s top legislature, said ensuring safety is the top priority for the food sector, the country’s pillar industry with an output of 550 million yuan (97.3 million U.S. dollars) in the first nine months of 2011.

The development of the nation’s food safety has failed to keep up with the demands of a public whose living standards have improved substantially in recent years, said Shi.

Pledging to do everything it can to ensure food safety, the government takes a zero-tolerance approach to companies that sell unsafe food. In 2010 alone, authorities across the country investigated and handled 130,000 cases of food safety violations, shutting down more than 100,000 companies, according to the SCFSC.

“The food industry’s overall development level is relatively low. There are weak links in the sector’s credibility, management, detection techniques and even the laws and regulations,” said Pu Changcheng, deputy director of the Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.

Pu’s points are exemplified by China’s agricultural industry, which is largely based around small-scale production managed by disparate bodies. It would be a formidable task to eradicate the sector’s safety issues.

The catering business also faces a similar plight. The country has issued licenses to 2.2 million catering companies, most of which are small and individually operated, making safety supervision extremely difficult, according to Bian Zhenjia, deputy head of the State Food and Drug Administration.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION WILL HELP

“Although the overall situation of food safety remains stable, there are still outstanding problems,” said Gu Xiulian. “What the government urgently needs is to further promote food safety laws to improve public awareness.”

The SCFSC was created in February 2010 to better implement the food safety laws that took effect in June 2009 and coordinate the country’s food safety work.

But a report by Chinese legislators delivered to the NPC’s Standing Committee in June showed that, due to a lack of understanding of laws, some food manufacturers continue to act in an underhand and dishonest fashion.

“Through a series of well-organized and impressive educational activities, we hope to truly improve the safety awareness of the whole population and create a good atmosphere with every citizen devoted to safeguarding food safety,” Gu said.

The campaign, which will be carried out in communities, villages, schools and enterprises, will showcase the nation’s food safety progress, instructing on food safety procedures and promoting food safety laws.

While praising the role played by the country’s 120,000 licensed food producers in ensuring food safety, Pu Changcheng appealed to food enterprises to take responsibility.

“The key, or the basis, for promoting the food sector and safeguarding food safety lies with our food producers,” Pu said. “Safe food is not gained from supervision, but from safe production.

“We hope these enterprises that are already good demonstrators on safeguarding food safety will continue to play a role in pursuing credibility and self discipline, improving management and promoting the sector’s sound development.”

The two-day conference attracted more than 600 participants from government departments, research institutes, industry associations and food enterprises.

Chinese News -China to set up national blacklist of bribers to prevent corruption- Chinese Mandarin

Monday, September 19th, 2011

BEIJING, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) — China’s Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP) will set up a national online database of convicted bribers by the end of this year, in a bid to prevent possible corruptions.

The database will serve as an admittance control mechanism in the bidding and government procurement procedures, said a statement from the SPP on Sunday.

China has put online lists of convicted bribers, making such information available for public inquiry from 2006 and the blacklists have effectively deterred some cases of corruption as well as commercial bribery, the SPP’s statement said.

The SPP also called on procuratorial organs in the country to improve their crime reporting systems for the reference of policy makers.

Chinese Mandarin – Museum retains glory of Shanghai Expo – Chinese News

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Museum retains glory of Shanghai Expo

Museum retains glory of Shanghai Expo

Museum retains glory of Shanghai Expo

The Expo Museum will make the world fair which ended on October 31 a permanent legacy when it opens at the Expo 2010 site in Puxi. As of Friday, more than 100 pavilions have contributed nearly 5,000 exhibits to the museum.

The Egypt Pavilion donated a golden figurine and a Papyrus painting to the Expo Museum as a token of friendship. Zhu Yonglei, deputy director general of the Bureau of Shanghai World Expo Coordination, accepted the gifts on Saturday.

Workers are uninstalling Miguelin, a 6.5-meter-high computer-animated baby at the Spain Pavilion. The big baby, whose eyes, mouth and head can move, was a star attraction at the pavilion during the Expo and it will be kept at the Expo Museum. The work to uninstall the wired parts of this gigantic doll will take days and is expected to finish before November 15.

More than 20 Chinese provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions will present their exhibits to the museum. Among the items are fly-ash bricks used for the exterior walls of the Shanxi Pavilion and dinosaur fossils from the Yunnan Pavilion.

The Montreal Pavilion in the Urban Best Practices Area will give its matrix multi-media equipment, which projected the film showing the transformation of a landfill site into the St-Michel Environmental Complex. Pavilion staff sang songs while their equipment was uninstalled on Saturday.

According to the plan, an exhibition dedicated to the Shanghai World Expo will be unveiled at the Expo Museum in June 2011.