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Analysis on Spirulina Industry Development and Policy

As early as the early 1980s, spirulina has been popularized by the United Nation as an ideal food to relief local child malnutrition in Asia and Africa due to its high nutrient value, fine digestibility and high yield. 

The Ministry of Science and Technology has always paid close attention to the development of the spirulina industry with spirulina R&D included in the Key Project Program, the National Torch Program and the Spark program repeatedly. In addition, efforts are also made in technological and institutional innovation. The government has not only increased funds for spirulina-related scientific research but also set additional Innovation Funds for Middle and Small-sized Firms and Agricultural Science and Technology Achievement Transformation Fund to support further development of spirulina by domestic enterprises.

Spirulina has already been listed in the National Key Project Program in the 7th Five Year Plan and Promotion Project in the 8th Five Year Plan during the 1970s-1980s. In 1990s, the Ministry of Health issued a Food Hygiene Certificate for spirulina industry. In August 2004, the Ministry of Health further listed spirulina as regular food (Announcement No.17, 2004 of the Ministry of Health) to delegate examination and approval authority to related provincial and municipal departments.

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