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The World in Medicine
November 19, 2008

Food Safety in China

JAMA. 2008;300(19):2239. doi:10.1001/jama.300.19.2239-a

A United Nations (UN) report on food safety in China urges the country to develop a coordinated, unified, authoritative, and efficient food-safety testing and inspecting system that is consistent with international standards (http://www.un.org.cn/public/resource/2aebcd033e334d961fefb1588b70f2ab.pdf).

The report follows a series of scandals involving food products from China, including the sale of Chinese-made milk powder and other food products contaminated with the industrial chemical melamine, which caused illness in thousands of infants, including at least 4 deaths.