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SZ food safety budget 800mln RMB
Latest Updated by 2005-10-20 11:34:11

Shenzhen plans to set aside 800 million yuan (US$99 million) for a package of plans to ensure food safety over the next three years.

Mayor Xu Zongheng asked at a meeting Tuesday related departments to step up work on food safety and prepare the entire package by Nov. 10.

Xu said Shenzhen will set up its own agricultural produce bases, which are expected to yield 60 percent of products city residents consume each year.

Management on pig slaughter will be reformed, and large and medium industrial zones are required to set up dining halls to cater to the needs of more than 60 percent of the city's population of migrant workers.

Attention will be paid to grain, pork, vegetables, seafood and bean products, which the public are most concerned about.

The city will crack down on unlicensed food processing, the use of disqualified materials and the abuse of additives.

Xu vowed to remove illegal businesses making money at the expense of public health from the market, and never let them return.

Officials held responsible for serious food poisoning cases with many casualties will be punished, the mayor said.

Statistics show Shenzhen, with a population of 10 million, consumes 5.8 million pigs, 50 million poultry, 250,000 tons of seafood and 1.45 million tons of vegetables each year, 90 percent of which are imported from outside Shenzhen.

Editor: Yan

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