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Vice-premier vows harshest penalties for food safety

Updated: Sep 28,2014 9:35 AM     Xinhua

Vice-Premier Wang Yang (2nd L) inspects a food and drug administration at Lugouqiao Township of Fengtai District in Beijing, capital of China, Sept 26, 2014. [Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING - Vice-Premier Wang Yang pledged further reforms in food and drug safety administration as well as “harshest penalties” for relevant violations, on Sept 26.

Wang made the remarks during an inspection tour in Beijing.

Vice-Premier Wang Yang (2nd L) visits a food safety lab in Beijing, capital of China, Sept 26, 2014. Wang made an inspection tour of food and drug administration in Beijing on Sept 26.[Photo/Xinhua]

He visited the city’s food safety monitoring center and talked with grassroots law enforcers of local food and drug safety administrative authorities.

Authorities’ responsibility of administration and supervision should be concretely implemented, Wang said.

The strictest supervision should be carried out to create a fair market environment, the harshest penalties should be used to deter violations, and the most serious accountability system should be established to punish those who fail to perform their duties, the vice-premier said.