The Australian: Fortescue Metals chairman ­Andrew Forrest has called for improved labelling of world food products, particularly those sold to China, to encourage more production of safe food. Speaking at a panel on agriculture at the Boao Forum for Asia on China’s Hainan Island yesterday, Mr Forrest said Chinese leaders were deeply concerned at the quality of the products that were going into their drugs and food.

“The quality of food in China is a big issue,” he said, adding that there needed to be changes that reward countries, such as Australia, which “made growing safe food their priority”. This included better identification of the origin of food through bar codes, labelling and internet tracking so consumers could know where their food has come from and how it has been processed.

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