Two New Zealand government ministers have sought to reassure Chinese consumers that food produced by their country are safe and can be trusted, Xinhua news agency reported Wednesday. Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye told Xinhua in an interview that they would do everything possible to ensure no repeats of the scare that saw a global recall of New Zealand dairy products thought to be contaminated with botulism-causing bacteria. The officials said a government inquiry into the incident confirmed the country’s food safety regulatory system is strong and world-leading. Wellington announced Wednesday it would allocate NZ$8-12 million (US$6.63-9.94 million) a year to implement the key recommendations of the inquiry’s report, including increased investment in food safety science and research, Xinhua said.
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