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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

China's Long March Toward Quality Goods

BEIJING -- China faces a long and difficult task to improve food safety, but global cooperation is the only way to do it, official media said on Sunday after yet another week of global anxiety about the quality of Chinese goods.

A range of Chinese exports, from fish and toys to pet food and toothpaste, have been found to be mislabeled, unsafe or dangerously contaminated, creating an international backlash.

"At present, the food safety situation has improved, yet is still serious," Hui Lusheng, deputy head of the State's food and drug watchdog said, Xinhua news agency reported.

"Dealing with and preventing food safety risks is a long-term, arduous and complicated project, which needs society to work together and comprehensive prevention," she added.

But the government also insists the problems of a few small, rogue companies should not besmirch the whole made-in-China label, insisting it does take effective action to ensure safety.

"Strengthened international negotiations and cooperation are the only effective path to solving the safety problem," the report added.

It then listed the talks China had had with Japan, the European Union and the United States on the subject.

In the latest scare, Mattel said it was recalling 1.5 million Fisher-Price toys globally because their paint could contain too much lead.