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China publishes draft regulation on food safety

China's new draft food safety law, which lays out penalties from fines to life in prison for makers of substandard food, was published on the national legislature website on Sunday for public discussion.


Members of the public are being invited to make recommendations and submissions on the draft published at the National People's Congress (NPC) website, www.npc.gov.cn.


The draft law, covering food safety evaluation, monitoring, recall and information release, was submitted to the NPC Standing Committee in December last year for the first hearing.


According to the draft, producers of substandard food products face fines, the confiscation of their incomes and revocation of production certificates. In serious cases, they could face prison terms ranging from three years to life.


The solicitation of public opinion will last till May 20. Submissions will then be delivered to the NPC Standing Committee for further study. A schedule for its legislative progress has yet to be set.


This is the first draft law made public by the 11th NPC since it held its first annual session in March this year.