The State Council, China's Cabinet, laid out measures to improve food safety, including tighter supervision and harsh punishments for violators.
"It is an onerous task for the government to ensure food safety," as China's food industry is still suffering from unstandardized management and many hidden safety risks, according to a statement released Wednesday after a State Council executive meeting presided over by Premier Wen Jiabao.
The government should enhance supervision by setting up an efficient mechanism that covers all links in the food industry and a rigid food recall and destroy system for defective products, the statement said.
The State Council has vowed a "harsh crackdown" on those endangering food safety, saying violators should be ensured penalties in accordance with laws and regulations.
Meanwhile, relevant policies, laws and regulations should be revised to increase costs for violators, according to the statement.
The State Council urged Chinese enterprise owners to accept primary responsibility in ensuring quality and safety, while government departments should enhance quality and safety monitoring.
More efforts should be taken to accelerate the establishment of a complete food safety standard and quality assessment mechanism to improve agencies' capabilities to conduct tests and issue emergency response in case of food scandals, it said.
Friday June 15, 2012/ Ministry of Agriculture/ China.