EU/China step up food safety cooperation
On Monday, the EU and China have renewed and extended
the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in an attempt to have a closer cooperation
on food safety.
The newly signed agreement holds an updated framework
that encompasses product and food safety and sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS)
issues. Food safety cooperation will be enhanced by providing China with
immediate access to the EU's Rapid Alert System for Feed and Food (RASFF),
allowing notifications concerning products of Chinese origin to be acted on by
both EU and Chinese authorities.
An EU official indicated that granting
access to the RASFF alerts – which are sent out when member state authorities
detect unsafe food products on their markets – will allow China to provide
product distribution lists and track potentially hazardous products more
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