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US and China Sign 5 Year Ag Agreement on Food Safety, Security

The United States and China signed a five year agreement on food security, sustainable agriculture, and food safety at an agricultural symposium in Iowa Thursday.

“We are the world’s two largest agricultural producers and strong collaborators in agricultural research and education,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack at the event. “Our great trade relationship benefits the citizens of both of our nations.”

“This plan builds on the already strong relationship our nations enjoy around agricultural science, trade, and education,” added Vilsack. “It looks to deepen our cooperation through technical exchange and to strengthen coordination in priority areas like animal and plant health and disease, food security, sustainable agriculture, genetic resources, agricultural markets and trade, and biotechnology and other emerging technologies.”

The agreement was largely focused food security and agricultural sustainability issues — China has 1.3 billion people to feed, and is increasingly relying on imports — but food safety was also a key part of the document, which USDA says will “guide the two countries’ agricultural relationship for the next 5 years.”

Vilsack told the audience Thursday the China and the United States “have opportunities to collaborate and partner on food safety” through implementing best practices and advancing science-based laws and regulations.

 

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  • I could care less if America has signed a 5-year agreement which focuses on food safety & other issues, I still refuse to buy food imported from China. How many times do we need to get stuck with Melamine-tainted food and other well-documented food problems? I am firmly convinced that some countries do NOT have food production/inspection systems fully equivalent to what we mandate here in America.
    John Munsell

  • Theresa Kentner

    Oh, I don’t stop at food. When choosing eye drops, health and beauty aids, etc, if it says Made in China, I do not buy it.

  • I could care less if America has signed a 5-year agreement which focuses on food safety & other issues, I still refuse to buy food imported from China. How many times do we need to get stuck with Melamine-tainted food and other well-documented food problems? I am firmly convinced that some countries do NOT have food production/inspection systems fully equivalent to what we mandate here in America.
    John Munsell