China's new FDA.
After a spate of food poisoning that resulted in 138 deaths and more than 7,000 cases of serious illness during 2002, the Chinese government has approved the creation of the new China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA). The CFDA will replace the State Drug Administration and include food, herbal products, and cosmetics in its purview. As part of its food safety functions, the CFDA will coordinate the food-related supervisory functions of China's health, agriculture, quality inspection, industry, and commerce agencies. Among the first of the CFDA's priorities are to establish a comprehensive monitoring mechanism for the processing and sale of food products and to conduct routine premarket monitoring of pesticides and other agricultural chemicals in food.