What are the responsibility divisions for major government food administration departments?
(02.21.2008)

According to the regulations in the Notice on Issues Related to the Clarification of Responsibility Divisions among Food Safety Administration Departments issued by the Zhejiang Provincial Institutional Organization Commission, the function divisions among major food safety administration departments are as follows:

1. The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries should administrate the preliminary production link of agricultural products according to their own responsibilities.

2. The Department of Quality and Technology Supervision is in charge of the supervision of the food production and processing link, which is also included in the hygiene supervision responsibility for the food production and processing link currently assumed by the Department of Hygiene.

3. The Department of Industry and Commerce is in charge of the supervision in food transportation link.

4. The Department of Hygiene is in charge of the consumption link in the food & beverage industry and in dining halls.

5. The Department of Food and Drug Administration is in charge of the integrative supervision of food safety, and all the full organization and coordination when dealing with critical accidents.

In the food production and processing, transportation and consumption links: the Department of Quality and Technology Supervision is responsible for the routine supervision of quality hygiene in the food production and processing link, strictly implementing the market–entry system on food duality and safety such as production licenses, compulsory checking, etc., and severely punishing those producing and manufacturing unqualified food and other illegal behavior in food quality.

The Department of Industry and Commerce is in charge of the quality supervision in food transportation link. It should carefully carry out the registration of food production and business enterprises and individual businesses, eliminate food production and operations without a license, strengthen the supervision and checking of food quality in the market, severely punish the behavior of those selling unqualified food and other illegal quality conduct, and punish illegal conduct such as fake food advertisements, brand infringements, etc.

The Department of Hygiene is in charge of hygiene permits and hygiene supervision in the food transpiration link and the consumption link in the food & beverage industry and in dining halls, etc. It is responsible for the hygiene permits in the food production and processing link; the main content of the hygiene permit constitutes the evaluation and approval of the hygienic condition of the location, poor hygiene prevention and hygiene protection and the health conditions of the working staff, and severely punish illegal behavior within the above-mentioned areas.