Vice-Premier Wang Yang urged food safety authorities to hasten the establishment of a credit system to better inform the public of both the good and bad producers.
He made the remarks on June 10 at a forum of the China Food Safety Publicity Week.
Highlighting the respect for morality, laws and regulations, the event held by 17 government agencies, including the China Food and Drug Administration, aims to help improve China's food safety and raise public awareness.
"The government should ensure a healthy market order to allow for fair competition, and crimes in the food sector must be severely punished," he said.
He also demanded strict monitoring of the entire process of food production, processing and sales to safeguard food safety and quality.
Although the general food safety situation in the country has become better and stable, problems still exist, he said.
Consumers and industry associations should also participate in the food safety supervision to help secure a better-regulated food market, he added.
To improve public access into food safety information and knowledge, a mobile application about food and drug-related information was launched by the administration at the event.
Users can use the app to track latest news and information on food, drugs, function food, cosmetics, and medical appliances.