Strengthened supervision and harsher punishments are needed to ensure food safety for the public, Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli urged on Wednesday.
The general situation of food safety is stable, and public access to safe food and water is guaranteed, but potential risks remain, Zhang said at a conference of the food safety commission under the State Council, or China's cabinet.
The government must impose strict controls over food sources and prevent pollution from agricultural non-point sources. Food supervision should follow the entire process "from the farmland to dining tables," he said.
Wednesday September 11, 2013/ Ministry of Agriculture/ China.