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Beijing has agreed to allow Japanese officials to inspect its food-processing facilities to help ease concerns among consumers about the safety of Chinese-made food products, government sources said Thursday.

The step was incorporated in a draft agreement reached in talks between Japanese and Chinese officials to secure the safety of foods for export and also to prevent a recurrence of the 2007-08 food-poisoning incident caused by Chinese-made “gyoza” dumplings.

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