In another attempt to calm consumer fears, China released a five-year plan last week to upgrade its food safety regulations.
According to the government, the new plan by the country’s Ministry of Health is aimed at revamping outdated standards, which includes “reviewing and abolishing any contradicting or overlapping standards” and writing new ones. The framework was announced on the heels of China’s Food Safety Week.
Though scandals continue to dog consumers and the government, China is not lacking for regulations. The country has more than 2,000 national food regulations and more than 2,900 industry-based regulations.
“Many of the regulations are overlapping or contradict each other, since multiple government agencies were given the responsibility of compiling their own standards years ago,” said the government, in a statement released Friday.