China Health Ministry: Food Security 'Grim'

Regulatory system due for overhaul months after milk scandal
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Mar 2, 2009 11:27 AM CST
An Indonesian health ministry official collects food products which are suspected to contain Chinese milk at a supermarket in Jakarta, Sept. 25, 2008.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – It’s been months since a tainted-milk scandal sickened 300,000 children, but “China’s food-security situation remains grim with high risks and contradictions,” the country’s health ministry said today. With an eye on improving the regulatory system that failed to contain the milk trouble, officials fast-tracked new food-safety laws over the weekend; the new measures will take effect June 1, Reuters reports.