China’s top leadership called for “the strictest” measures to ensure food safety despite improvements in recent years.

“Improving food safety concerns the health and life of more than 1.3 billion people in China, and we can never be too strict on the issue,” President Xi Jinping said, according to a China Central Television report on Tuesday.

In recent years the Chinese government has made great efforts to improve food safety. While it has been constantly improving, many problems still exist, Xi said.

Xi urged authorities at all levels to adhere to “the strictest standards” for “the strictest supervision” of food safety, and imposition of punishment of greater severity for those guilty of endangering it.

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