In 2011 CVM also met with officials of the Institute of Standards for Agricultural Products in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, to provide information and guidance to China about the Codex Alimentarius and about the most appropriate ways for China to engage in Codex activities. Dr. Steve Vaughn, the Chairperson of the CCRVDF, was one of the CVM experts who met with these officials in Hangzhou. CVM was asked to provide this guidance to the Institute by the U.S. Codex Office after receiving a request from China. The Chinese Codex Office of the MOA provided research funding to the Institute to gather information about how Codex activities are organized using the models set forth by developed countries such as the United States. The Institute appreciated the information and advice/recommendations that CVM provided and continues to seek information from CVM about how to deal with Codex. This relationship has helped to support CVM’s ability to more effectively provide information to the MOA on Codex and on food safety matters generally.
In addition to the Codex-related exchanges, at the provincial level the Institute has repeatedly expressed interest in learning more about CVM’s risk assessment approach for assessing drug residue safety and about analytical detection methods. At the provincial and city/county levels, these government institutes are responsible for directly interacting with farmers, producers and other agricultural workers to build China’s rural agricultural business systems. CVM experts have made many recommendations. These exchanges have been mutually beneficial because CVM has learned much more about China’s overall animal drug programs.