The AFP reports on China’s ambitious program to improve food safety by setting up groups in each province to test items and replace outdated equipment.
In light of the growing Sanlu milk scandal, the Chinese government is trying to salvage its reputation by taking preventative measures in every province.
“Our quality inspection authorities are required to establish nearly 400 product testing centers within the next two years, and 80 of these will be food testing centers,” said Hou Linglin, a senior official at the quality watchdog.
Hou spoke at a conference on food safely in Beijing on Thursday. He said that 50 percent of current equipment is over seven years old and can not be upgraded. Hou also encouraged the central and local governments to increase their investment in food safety every year to help alleviate this issue.