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Preventing systematic risks is key in food safety

Updated: Feb 5,2017 5:05 PM

At the State Council executive meeting on Feb 3, Premier Li Keqiang urged related departments to prevent systematic risks when preparing food safety plans.

Local authorities should shoulder the responsibility of ensuring food safety and strengthening supervision on key targets such as campus food and vendors, the Premier said.

As for drug safety, the Premier said the government should fight fake drugs and support improvements for drug purity.

These two issues are key in the development of food and drug safety policies, Premier Li said.

At the meeting, two important national five-year plans (2016-2020) were approved by the State Council to enhance supervision of food and medicine safety and better protect public health.

The Premier also urged promoting comprehensive market supervision, which integrates the functions of different departments, on necessities, such as food and drugs.

The Premier checked the details of the two plans with officials who wrote them. “Can you really achieve the goals? If you cannot do it, then do not write it into the plan,” he said.

“Once something is written into the plan, it must be done,” the Premier said.