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Xiao Wu, a young housewife, has always been worried about pollution and pesticides in vegetables and fruits.
“ I don’t know where to buy safe food.” She often says.
Now, women like Wu do not need to worry so much because so-called Organic food has entered most of Beijing’s stores.
Organic food refers to food that is by-and-large untainted by pollution.
China now has 389 kinds of organic food, including products like tea, rice, milk powder as well as organic vegetables and fruits.
Almost all food stores and supermarkets in Beijing now sell organic food at special counters.
Lao li, a university teacher, is a regular organic food buyer. “When I first brought home ‘organic’ fruits, my wife didn’t blame me for the high prices. Paying a high price to ensure good health is a good deal,” he said.
More educated consumers like Li make up a large part of China’s organic food lovers.
And foreigners in China are also welcoming these high-quality products.
Although the price of organic food is about 30 to 70 per cent higher than ordinary products, sales are still brisk, which guarantees products large profits.
An official with the Organic Food Development Centre reveals that some organic food enterprises are developing trade with foreign countries such as South Korea and Japan.
He said that his centre is now planning to co-ordinate the import and export of organic food nationwide.
Under its supervision, strict standards will be applied to check the quality of Chinese-produced organic food products according to the international organic food standards. National uniform trademarks will be granted to producers meeting the standards.
The inspection will consider two main aspects: the production environment and the quality of the final products.
The license is good for only three years, after which time an approved product must apply again to the Organic Food Development Centre.