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China, US officials to discuss safety of China's seafood

COOPERATION The two sides also intend to discuss the creation of a collaborative food safety mechanism to prevent problems, an official said

AP , BEIJING

China and the US will meet this month to discuss the safety of China's seafood exports, an official said yesterday, while news reports said tires that were the subject of a huge US recall were found to meet US safety standards.

The five-day meeting between teams from the US Food and Drug Administration and Chinese food safety officials was scheduled to begin on July 31 in Beijing, said Li Yuanping (李元平), in charge of the safety of import and export products at the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.

The two sides will also discuss the set-up of a collaborative food safety mechanism, Li said.

"The meeting will help solve the issue of the United States detaining four kinds of Chinese seafood products. Secondly, it will also involve consultations on cooperation mechanisms of food safety between the two countries," he said.

The US officials will also visit some Chinese food-processing factories.

Meanwhile, authorities in the Philippines said they were testing more Chinese products after ordering several candy and cookie brands withdrawn from store shelves because they tested positive for a harmful embalming chemical, officials said.

The Philippine Bureau of Food and Drugs on Tuesday warned the public against several brands of candy and cookies from China that were found to contain formaldehyde, also known as formalin.

The bureau's deputy director, Joshua Ramos, said that it had expanded its list of Chinese products to be tested, including toothpaste that is suspected of containing unspecified "heavy metals."

Ramos did not elaborate.

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