The Chinese State Council, the country's cabinet, has issued a guideline to boost food safety this year. More measures will be taken to deal with land and water pollution and those who are using banned pesticides and veterinary drugs will be punished, the statement said.
More efforts will be made to improve food safety in meat products and punish those who illegally purchase, produce or sell sick or dead animals, the document said.
Draft amendments to the Food Safety Law released in October last year said China will triple the fines for severe food safety violations, and those jailed for such crimes will be banned forever from the food industry.
Tuesday May 27, 2014/ Ministry of Agriculture/ China.