An official in China’s south-central Hunan Province took matters into his own hands and used his microblog to report official corruption in China’s Food and Drug Administration (CFDA). He charged that for almost a decade growers of a sweet-smelling herb in southern China have lost millions due to the CFDA’s actions. Lu Qun is deputy director of a Hunan Province anti-corruption office and on Aug. 12 he published a series of 12 posts on his personal Weibo account…Full Article: The Epoch Times Aug 2014

Key Point

  • Lu Qun claims that businessmen in Shandong province was able to sway the CFDA to change the name of honeysuckle flower (Lonicera japonica) grown in southern China to “wild honeysuckle flower” while leaving the name unchanged in northern China. Consequently, the price for the flower dropped in the provinces/regions of Hunan, Chongqing, Sichuan, Guizhou, and Guangxi, allowing buyers from the northern China to cheaply purchase the flower for resale up north.

ChinaAg Comment

  • It traditional Chinese medicine, dried honeysuckle flowers are used (internally and externally) to treat fevers, ulcers, inflammation, sore throats, and skin infections.

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