FDA Working with China to Make Products Safer

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Food and Drug Administration officials and their Chinese counterparts are trying to put the final touches on a plan to ensure the safety of products Beijing exports to the United States.

FDA Commissioner Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach declined to discuss specific steps that China has agreed to take. But he did say that Chinese health officials will be in Washington later this month to complete details of a "memorandum of agreement" between the two countries.

Chinese food and other products ranging from seafood to toothpaste to toys are under intense scrutiny because they have been found to contain potentially deadly substances.

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