The government should not hold raw-fish-eating contests to allay public concerns. Instead, it has to be responsible and conduct tests for the presence of mercury and other heavy metals in economically important fish such as tuna, marlin, flying fish and dolphinfish and then provide concrete data to show whether the values found fall within the safety margins and whether the fish are safe to consume. It should also set up a dedicated information Web site that could help people dispel any doubts.
Such measures would be the most effective ways of protecting the rights and interests of both consumers and fishermen.
Food is very important, and it is the government’s responsibility to ensure that food is safe and to provide accurate and timely information so that consumers are able to make informed choices.
It is high time that the government abandoned its obscurantist approach on this issue.
Du Yu is chief executive officer of the Chen-Li Task Force for Agricultural Reform.
Translated by Perry Svensson