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World Bank Lends China $100M for Food Safety

The World Bank will provide a $100 million loan to the People’s Republic of China to improve food safety efforts, Food Production Daily reported yesterday. The loan, the bank’s largest ever for a food safety initiative, will fund 70 percent of the China’s initiative to up the safety of agricultural commodities from the Jilin Province.

The Jilin Agricultural Product Quality and Safety Project, according to Food Production Daily, “will help develop new standards for good agricultural practices–including cultivation methods, and appropriate use of veterinary medicines and pesticides.”

The announcement comes as China is working to improve its oversight of food safety and quality in the wake of several high-profile food scandals–many involving toxic dairy products–which have left the country’s food safety and quality image tattered.

The country has also struggled with agricultural incidents. In March, it was revealed that Chinese health officials were trying to keep an incident involving 3.5 tons of pesticide-tainted beans a secret.

“Due to the lack of effective supervision of pesticide sales, farmers can still get the banned ones fairly easily, which they prefer for their low prices,” Sun Shubao, secretary general of the China Crop Protection Industry Association, told China Daily during the scandal earlier this year.

According to Food Production Daily, eligible business or agricultural trade groups will receive small

loans from the project to “develop and demonstrate models for

integrating small-scale farmers into high quality, high value and safe

agricultural product chains.”

“Once these approaches have been tested

and proven successful, they can be rolled out to other provinces in

China,” said Iain G Shuker, World Bank task

manager for the project. 
 
Food safety on the farm is one of many issues facing China’s food system. The country has dealt with a series of problems with melamine-tainted dairy. In 2008 a high-profile scandal sickened over 300,000 and killed 6 infants.

Public officials also found 170 tons of additional melamine-tainted dairy products in the marketplace earlier this year during a countrywide food safety crackdown.

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  • hhamil

    Thanks, Ms. Bottemiller, for informing us of this astonishing misuse of World Bank funds in the middle of a terrible recession!

  • Harry Hamil

    Thanks, Ms. Bottemiller, for informing us of this astonishing misuse of World Bank funds in the middle of a terrible recession!

  • Doc Mudd

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    “…eligible business or agricultural trade groups [in China] will receive small loans from the project to ‘develop and demonstrate models for integrating small-scale farmers into high quality, high value and safe agricultural product chains’.”
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    This seems like a small enough beginning, considering China’s food safety record lately. Besides, it’s a loan and China is one hell of a lot better loan risk than Venezuela or Greece.
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    Well worth a try to get China’s food exports cleaned up and safe for our plates in the Western Hemisphere. Especially worthy since our American hobby farmers, as represented by Mr. Hamil, so vigorously resist producing documented clean, safe, wholesome, healthy food for sale…they insist it will always be enough to merely claim it is so. We’ve heard Chinese assurances of safe products before, too, but now they are stepping up…and they will claim market share by doing so.
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    My hard-earned food dollar will go to the vendor who is conscientious and compassionate enough to document the safety of products they desire to sell to me. If that is China, then so be it. Our outspoken small, stubborn, myopic (and grubby?) American boutique food producers will gradually yield their market to Asian goods of reliable safety, quality & value, just as the garment and auto industries have.
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    Mr. Hamil’s objection is puzzling. Real American farmers have always been smarter than this – they’ve usually embraced an opportunity to improve products and markets, as the Chinese no doubt will. I question the authenticity of our self-styled “farmers” and their media spokespersons who whine so pitiously over the prospect of having to clean up and become accountable. Would they really pass up a market-building opportunity? One that could definitely help reverse the “terrible recession” Mr. Hamil uses a an excuse to change nothing, do nothing?
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    Ignore the noisy whiners and pass S.510 into law to keep American food products on pace with food safety progress around the developed world…and the Jilin Provence of China.

  • hhamil

    LOL were it not so sad.
    I point out the economic foolishness of a loan to a country that has by far the highest positive cash flow in the world, holds hundreds of billions of dollars of US treasuries and continues to buy them and “Doc Mudd” turns it into a personal attack on me and a platform to, once again, call of the passage of S 510.
    Consider how much good that money could have done when loaned appropriately to improve food safety in the third world.
    The only thing sadder is when someone falls such foolishness from an unidentifiable “source.”

  • Harry Hamil

    LOL were it not so sad.
    I point out the economic foolishness of a loan to a country that has by far the highest positive cash flow in the world, holds hundreds of billions of dollars of US treasuries and continues to buy them and “Doc Mudd” turns it into a personal attack on me and a platform to, once again, call of the passage of S 510.
    Consider how much good that money could have done when loaned appropriately to improve food safety in the third world.
    The only thing sadder is when someone falls such foolishness from an unidentifiable “source.”