<뉴욕타임스> 일본의 식품 안전 대책

SAFE FOOD FOR JAPAN
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Byline:MARTIN FACKLER TOKYO -- With Americans growing increasingly concerned about the safety of Chinese products, Washington has begun looking for solutions in Japan. 도쿄 – 중국의 수출품의 안전도에 대한 염려가 커가고 있는 가운데 미국 행정부는 일본의 식품 안전 대책에서 교훈을 얻으려는 노력을 하기 시작했다. The Japanese have developed tough approaches for ensuring the quality of Chinese imports, particularly food -- in part by far more rigorous testing of its imported food than in the United States. But the innovation getting the most American attention is Japan's system for screening Chinese producers even before they ship their merchandise to Japan. 일본은 중국산품, 특히 식품의 품질을 보증하기 위해 강력한 조치를 취해왔으며, 수입 식품에 대한 검사를 미국에 비해 훨씬 엄격하게 실시해왔다. 그 중에서도 중국의 생산자들이 대일 수출품을 선적하기 이전에 이미 중국 상품을 검사하는 일본의 시스템이 특히 미국의 관심을 끌고 있다. A report released last week by the House Energy and Commerce Committee cited Japan's system for monitoring spinach and other Chinese food exports as a possible model for importers in the United States. 미국 하원의 에너지 및 상역 위원회가 지난 주에 발표한 한 보고서는 시금치를 비롯하여 중국의 식품 수출을 검사하는 일본의 시스템에 주목하고 있으며, 그것을 미국의 수입업자들이 모델로 삼을 수 있을 것이라고 보고 있다. (ⓒ 2007 The New York Times) (ⓒ 2007 usabriefing.net) Last month, a White House working group issued its own report after visiting Tokyo, and even Chinese officials have urged the United States to adopt the Japanese approach. Citing the Food and Drug Administration, the House report described Japan's model as the most realistic one for protecting American consumers. "The Japanese system of regulating Chinese food imports does appear to offer better control than that currently used by FDA," it concluded. The program is the product of Japan's longer experience with Chinese safety problems, going back to the discovery five years ago of high levels of pesticide in Chinese frozen spinach. Americans have become more conscious of such safety issues this year, with the highly publicized recalls of Chinese-made toys contaminated with lead paint and pet food ingredients containing hazardous chemicals. "Japan is five years ahead of the rest of the world in dealing with quality problems from China," said Tatsuya Kakita, the author of several books here on food safety. "The world can learn from Japan." Japan, which buys far more of its food from China than the United States does, has focused its efforts so far on food safety. But some Japanese and U.S. officials and safety experts say that similar methods may also work for many Chinese exports to the United States, not only seafood and processed vegetables but also products like medicine, toys and paint.... (ⓒ 2007 The New York Times) (ⓒ 2007 usabriefing.net)
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