TOKYO: Health ministers from Japan, China and South Korea agreed on Monday to step up efforts to ensure food safety following concerns over pesticide-tainted Chinese dumplings.
Japanese Health Minister Akira Nagatsuma, his Chinese counterpart Chen Zhu and South Korean health chief Jeon Jae-Hee signed their first joint memorandum on food safety after a meeting in Tokyo, a statement said.
The move came as Tokyo seeks further investigation by Beijing authorities over pesticide-tainted Chinese frozen dumplings, which made 10 people ill in Japan in January 2008.
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Source: AP (through Channel NewsAsia), "Japan, China, Korea sign memorandum on food safety," November 24, 2009,http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1020027/1/.h...