Fresh off of the debacle involving melamine-tainted feed ingredients, counterfeit drugs and other tainted consumer products, Chinese officials say they will revise rules related to food and drug safety. The New York Times reported that China will implement nationwide inspections as food-related plants.

The outcry grew to a deafening level following the tainted pet food and animal feed episode that was traced back to Chinese exporters. It was setting up to be a future trade issue for the country. The melamine exposure resulted in the largest pet food recalls in U.S. history.

Last week, China's State Council said it planned to establish new controls on food and drug imports and exports by 2010. It also will step up its random testing on medicines. In all, the council said it would collect inspection data on 90 percent of all food products.

Going further, the Chinese government said it will conduct safety checks on most food makers, as well as stop the sale of counterfeit drugs and medical devices.

Government officials said the goal is within five years is that "100 percent of the significant food-safety accidents are investigated and dealt with" and that "90 percent of the food that needs to be recalled is recalled."

"Recently our country has had a series of export food problems, and that has triggered a lot of overseas attention about China's food safety," says Wei Chuanzhong, deputy director of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine. "This has put us on high alert, and led us to seriously look into the reasons for the problem."

Source: New York Times, Meatingplace.com