MOFCOM, MIIT, MOF, MEP, MOA, MOH, SAIC, AQSIQ and SDA held on February 10 jointly a teleconference, to implement the spirit of the fourth meeting of the Food Safety Commission of the State Council, and make arrangements for designation of qualified pig slaughtering houses. Mr. Jiang Zengwei, Vice Minister of Commerce, Mr. Li Ganjie, Vice Minister of Environmental Protection, Mr. Yu Kangzhen, Chief Veterinarian of MOA, Madam Gan Lin, Vice Secretary of SAIC, Madam Liu Zhuohui, Chief Engineer of AQSIQ, Mr. Bian Zhenjia, Vice Secretary of SDA and responsible officials from MIIT, MOF, MOH, and Food Safety Commission Office of the State Council attended and addressed the conference. Mr. Fang Aiqing, Assistant Minister of Commerce presided over the conference.
Recently, the nine ministries mentioned-above co-issued “Notice on strengthening the designation and check-up qualified slaughtering house of pigs”, which provides to launch the action from January to July, 2012. All the enterprises qualified as selected point of slaughtering were ensured to comply with the rules and regulations, such as Food Safety Law, and Pig Slaughtering Regulations. Diseased flesh can be prevented to market and the safety and quality of meat guaranteed by verifying and clearance. Enterprises which do not meet the standards or have serious violations will be disqualified as selected point.
Vice Minister Jiang pointed out that the clearance of pig slaughtering was an important measure taken to ensure the quality of meat. Since the release of Pig Slaughtering Regulations, local authorities have cancelled 3497 enterprises, and 3748 enterprises have been ordered to make rectification within a time limit, while 18150 enterprises have remained qualified. Generally speaking, most pig slaughtering enterprises are small and scattered. Some of small-sized slaughtering enterprises cannot meet the standards of production facilities, personnel and equipment, inspection and quarantine, and environmental protection. Illegal acts even happen in some selected points of pig slaughtering. According to the laws and regulations, the clearance aims at auditing and verifying all the selected points of pig slaughtering, as well as the illegal ones.
Vice Minister Jiang stressed that local authorities should formulate a clear plan, strictly in accordance with the verifying procedures from county (district) level, prefectural (city) level, to the provincial authority, and the conditions and standards set in the laws and regulations. Small-sized slaughtering plants should be verified as well. In order to achieve the anticipated results, local authorities should strengthen organization, build and improve cooperative systems among departments, strictly implement the relevant laws, regulations and standards, and seriously execute clearance of slaughtering within the areas as well as raise awareness.
Mr. Li Ganjie, Vice Minister of Environmental Protection, asked to strengthen cooperation with other ministries and enforce requirements on environmental protection for qualified pig slaughtering enterprises. Mr. Yu Kangzhen, Chief Veterinarian of MOA, made special arrangements for performing their regulatory duties and strengthening verification of animal epidemic prevention in designated pig slaughtering houses. Madam Gan Lin, Vice Secretary of SAIC, said SAIC will strengthen pork market supervision and play a good supporting role in the check-up of qualified slaughtering houses of pigs. Madam Liu Zhuohui, Chief Engineer of AQSIQ, made arrangements for strengthening supervision and ensuring quality and safety of meat. Mr. Bian Zhenjia, Vice Secretary of SDA, also commented on strengthening supervision and cooperation with other ministries and requiring food and catering services to fulfill their responsibilities.
Responsible officials from provincial governments, autonomous regions, municipalities directly under the central government, cities separately listed in the national planning, Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, MOFCOM, MIIT, MOF, MEP, MOA, MOH, SAIC, AQSIQ and SDA, and representatives from slaughtering enterprises attended the meeting at their own regions.
Source: Ministry of Commerce Website; http://english.mofcom.gov.cn/aarticle/newsrelease/significantnews/201202/20120207964384.html