17 November 2008
US FDA to open first China offices this week in Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shanghai; EU also signs agreement with China on consumer safety.
Thursday, 13 November, the US Government’s Department of Health and Human
Two bilateral conferences on global food safety are scheduled in Beijing for November 18-19. Topics on the agenda include fresh produce-related foodborne disease outbreaks in the USA, and melamine contamination of dairy products in China. The Minister of Health in China, Chen Zhu, will meet with Leavitt and von Eschenbach to “discuss policy and governance reforms aimed at improving the safety of food and other consumer products in China and the United States” on November 18.
After opening the Beijing office, Secretary Leavitt and Dr. von Eschenbach will travel over the next two days to Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province in SE China, and to Shanghai on the east coast, to open FDA offices there in collaboration with their Chinese counterparts.
In a related development, the China Daily newspaper reported the arrival of the US delegation this week in Beijing. In addition, the China Daily reported that the European Union (EU) and China signed an agreement on November 17 to enhance cooperation on consumer safety. As part of this accord information exchange will be expedited on potentially “tainted food and other dangerous goods”.
R. Lucey, MD,
EROne Institutes, Washington Hospital Center
Adjunct Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Georgetown University Medical Center
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(Posted from Beijing, PRC)