European Union health officials are in China to meet their Chinese counterparts to discuss safety standards, amid growing concerns over the quality of Chinese food production. Commissioner Markos Kyprianou led the EU delegation, which was invited to a trade fair in Beijing dedicated to the issue of food safety and quality
But the EU is worried that the Chinese reaction to safety concerns is more cosmetic than real, and has threatened to ban products from October unless it sees a concerted effort to reduce regulation violations.
Commissioner Kyprianou said: “I heard from the Chinese government that a decision has been taken recently in order to improve the food safety situation. I am encouraged by the expression of political will in this respect but of course as you realise in areas of this nature what is important is the actual result.” Chinese production accounts for some 15 per cent of standards violations reported in Europe.