Italian and Chinese authorities have signed a memorandum to promote the free flow of information and cooperation in the field of food safety. The document was ratified by the Italian Health Minister, Beatrice Lorenzin, Yong Zhang, director of the Chinese Food and Drug Administration (CFDA), and the new Chinese Ambassador to Italy, Ruiyu Li.
In particular, the collaboration will regard regulations and requirements, as well as control and inspection systems. It will also provide a framework for food sector alerts, solidifying through “high level technical meetings, training and information exchange through the involvement of competent national scientific institutions”. The pact, which will last for 5 years and will renew automatically through the will of both parties. A working group will also be set up to meet once per year.