China To Launch New Label On Food Exports – AFP

China announces a new labeling system designed to quiet the recent storm over tainted food exports. Via the Economic Times (India):

Food exports that have passed inspections will carry the label “CIQ”, which stands for China Inspection and Quarantine, agencies reported, citing a regulation from the nation’s quality watchdog.

Packing must also carry information, such as the producer’s name and address, batch number and production date, to keep the source of any potential quality problems on record and stem fake exports, the report said. The new labelling system would begin on September 1…The system is likely to increase the costs for Chinese food exporters, with about 20,000 shipments worth 100 million dollars in Dongguan, Guangdong province in the south alone to be affected each year. [Full Text]



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