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China Food Law to Reassure Europe 

12 March 2009
China has finally approved a new Food Safety Law, 5 years in the making, which it claims will provide uniform food safety standards, stricter control of food additives and higher penalties for violations. The country’s food export business has been badly hit following a number of recent food safety scandals, most notably the melamine contamination of baby milk which resulted in a European ban on Chinese milk products. At least six babies died in China last year from drink adulterated milk formula. The Chinese government will be hoping that the new law, due to take effect on 1 June 2009, will go some way to easing concerns in Europe and elsewhere that Chinese food safety standards have improved.
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