CHINA - China is to step up monitoring of the raw milk industry to ensure safety and quality of the country's dairy products.
Dairies and vehicles transporting raw milk are subject to monitoring by local authorities but now random inspection will be strictly carried out to ensure no illegal substances are added according to the Ministry of Agriculture.
The supervision will focus on raw milk produced for infant formula and a source-tracing monitoring system will be established in a bid to guarantee the safety of infant formula.
The credibility of China's dairy industry was severely damaged in 2008 when milk laced with melamine, a chemical added to milk products to make the protein content seem richer, made nearly 300,000 children ill and killed at least six.
Since 2009, agricultural departments nationwide have paid great attention to supervising the raw milk industry and cracked down upon the illegal addition of substances to raw milk.
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