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Beijing to enact strict new food safety laws

Published on Dec 28, 2012 8:50 AM
Chinese consumers sample food from Taiwan during a Taiwanese food fair on Nov 23, 2012, as the demand for imported food becomes more common in Beijing.  Chinese consumers are regularly hit with food scares ranging from cancer-causing toxins found in cooking oil to food items that are expired or contain dangerous chemicals and additives. -- PHOTO: AFP

SHANGHAI (REUTERS) - Beijing will introduce tough new laws to punish firms that flout food safety laws, the official Xinhua news agency reported, a significant move in China's struggle to get its abysmal food safety record under control.

The announcement follows a similar declaration by the city of Shanghai on Wednesday, saying it would blacklist firms that flout food safety laws.

Under the new Beijing regulations, to take effect in April, firms caught producing or selling unsafe foods will be banned from operating in Beijing for life, according to a municipal food safety regulation passed on Thursday, the report said.

Employees found responsible for food safety problems and the executives of companies that commit food safety problems will not be allowed to work in the industry for five years after their firms' licences are revoked, the report said.

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