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EU/China: extracts from the press conference by Markos Kyprianou

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On the second day of his visit to Beijing, Markos Kyprianou, Member of the EC in charge of Health, had a joint committee meeting with Li Changjiang, Minister of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of China. Li Changjiang gave the European Commission delegation a warm welcome and both sides exchanged views on various product safety and quality issues. Markos Kyprianou and his delegation gave a summary of this visit in the press conference held in the Delegation of the European Commission to China. He said he asked for tighter control from the Chinese side on tobacco sponsorship and promotions at the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix in keeping with EU law. He also urged the Chinese government to take action to lower the number of safety violations among its food exports to the European Commission countries. He further explained that the EU would allow exporting countries space to "correct the situations" and would institute increased testing and certification. Stricter measures will be implemented if the situation does not improve but product bans will be the last resort to be employed on specific products and only where there is a risk to human health. Markos Kyprianou said he was delighted at the various Chinese moves for bringing up food safety such as setting up an inter-ministerial body to coordinate its fragmented monitoring, certification and testing resources. He believes that Chinese products will be able to improve and meet the EU standards if the right commitment is made.
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Type: EbS   Reference: 53382   Date: 12/09/2007   Duration: 00:03:01
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