According to China daily, an official from the Chinese Food and Drug Administration reported that the Chinese FDA had collected expert opinions on the Chinese Food Safety Law stressing the need for reform. The agency had reported on its website on June 6, 2013 that current law fails to meet the changes in the Chinese food safety situation.In March 2013, China streamlined its food safety supervision authorities to a single central government department. According to the president of China Law Society’s food safety law committee Li Shichun, a revision of “the law may give clearer definition of responsibilities to the departments, including Ministry of Agriculture and General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine”.
The Chinese Food and Drug Administration is also charged with the supervision of the implementation of food contact material regulation. It is not clear how the amendment scheduled for the end of 2013 will affect the food contact material regulation. China was faced with a variety of food safety scandals in recent years, including the melamine incident in 2008 were melamine was added to milk to mimic high protein content (FPF melamine article).