In a country as large as China, miscommunication can run a long way and have several negative effects on the consumers and general population, especially if the miscommunication comes from the top of the chain—the agencies and governmental authorities. Issues such as ambiguous case transfer protocols or undefined responsibilities of the various agencies responsible for food safety in the country have in the past led to food safety scandals.
To bypass this and seek a newer, clearer and more transparent structure, new procedures have been identified in a document jointly issued by the China Food and Drug Administration, the Ministry of Public Security, the Supreme People’s Court and the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, and the national government’s executive office of the food safety commission.
These are a package of measures to ‘streamline’ standards and procedures, including transfer protocols from administrative bodies to the police, lead sharing and joint-investigation of major cases.
According to Chinese media Xinhua, food and drug safety watchdogs, public security organs and judicial authorities at all levels need to establish a collaboration mechanism in sharing and publishing information of the cases, and will hold regular joint meetings to discuss cases.