National prosecutors are to step up their efforts to investigate misconduct among officials in food safety-related crimes, the Supreme People’s Procuratorate said on Wednesday [5 August 2015]. “Contaminated and harmful food will seriously harm people’s health, undermine economic order because it is sold much cheaper, and affect social stability. We will resolutely fight against such crimes,” SPP spokeswoman Xiao Wei said during a news conference on Wednesday. She said national prosecuting departments began a two-year campaign in March to target any corrupt officials found to be involved in food-safety crimes and punish them severely according to the law…Full Article: China Daily Aug 2015

Key Points

  • In February 2015, China arrested eight individuals for the production and sale of illicit milk powder (i.e. infant formula). The individuals manufactured the product by using milk powder from Inner Mongolia and repackaging it as well-known foreign brands.
  • From May 2014 to April 2015, according to the SPP, 3,726 individuals were arrested for the production and sale of illicit food. This figure was a 136% increase from the previous time period (May 2013 to April 2014).

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  • In May 2015, the production licenses of milk powder producers in the provinces of Shanxi and Hunan were revoked as a result of food safety violations.
  • The Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP) is China’s top national procuratorial (i.e. prosecution and investigation) agency and reports directly the National People’s Congress and its Standing Committee. As of mid-2015, the SPP was headed by Cao Jianming (appointed Procurator-General in 2008).

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