Food was in the firing line on the latest day of the EU Consumer Protection Commissioner’s visit to China. The five-day tour by Meglena Kuneva is focussing on quality after a number of scares about Chinese goods from toothpaste to tyres. Meeting China’s Quality Inspection minister, Kuneva was keen to talk up achievements as well;
“Yes, there is an improvement, but it’s also equally valid that there is need of more step up of the reforms on the market and on the market surveillance. Because even one, even if only one percent is still not there as good quality of goods, this is still dangerous for European consumers, and also for Chinese as well”. The EU said last month it was increasing controls on Chinese foodstuffs, but in general has taken a softer approach so far than the Americans, who have banned some Chinese seafood on health grounds.