U.S. and China Sign Food Safety Agreements

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Beijing (AP) The U.S. and China signed two deals Tuesday morning to safeguard the quality of food and drugs ranging from pet food to certain types of antibiotics imported into America from China.

The agreements on food and feed product safety and on drugs and medical devices were signed at the end of a meeting of the
China-U.S. Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade by U.S. Health
Secretary Mike Leavitt.

China's exports have come under intense scrutiny this year because a number of potentially deadly chemicals have been found in goods including toothpaste, toys and seafood. The international outrage grew in March after a tainted pet food ingredient made in
China was blamed for the deaths of cats and dogs in North America.

A Health Department statement said the agreements will establish bilateral mechanisms to provide more information on the goods imported into the United States. Exporters will have to register with Chinese authorities.

The agreements also call for the Chinese to improve access to relevant production facilities by U.S. Officials.

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