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New Zealand To Help China With Food Safety

Fuseworks Media
Fuseworks Media
Kate Wilkinson
Kate Wilkinson

Wellington, Oct 27 NZPA - Five Chinese officials will get the chance to study in New Zealand under its "world class food safety regime", Food Safety Minister Kate Wilkinson says.

The five will receive scholarships for post-graduate studies next year.

They will use what they learn to "make a positive impact on China's food safety systems," Ms Wilkinson said.

"New Zealand has a wealth of expertise in food safety, and the Chinese government wants to tap into that knowledge so it can be used in their own regulatory regime."

It will also help New Zealand to maximise its free trade agreement with China, she said.

China has a dogged history of food safety.

Last year, contaminated milk powder was sold in China by New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra's Chinese joint venture partner, Sanlu.

Chemical melamine, which causes urinary problems including kidney stones, was detected in milk products from numerous companies throughout China.

Nearly 13,000 children were hospitalised and at least four died.

The scandal stemmed from the practice of adding the industrial chemical, normally used to make plastics, to watered-down milk to boost apparent protein levels.

In 2007, melamine was found in exports of Chinese pet food which killed cats and dogs in the United States.

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