F.D.A. opens first offices in China

by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
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BEIJING — The Food and Drug Administration is officially opening offices in the cities of Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai this week. The establishment of the offices in China and elsewhere around the world has been in the works for several months, but the recent contamination of food products and feed with melamine has heightened interest in the endeavor.

"A permanent F.D.A. presence in China will help us address the challenges presented by globalization," said Andrew von Eschenbach, commissioner of the F.D.A. "We look forward to working with the Chinese government and manufacturers to ensure that F.D.A. standards for safety and manufacturing quality are met before products ship to the United States."

The F.D.A. is working to develop a presence in five geographic regions: China, India, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. In an Oct. 17 announcement, the agency said it planned to have offices open in China, India, Europe and Latin America before the end of 2008.

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