Public complaints about food and medicine hit 770,000 last year in China, an increase of 36.94 percent over the previous year, according to figures released by the complaint center of the China Food and Drug Administration on Thursday [31 March 2016]. Complaints about regular food, accounting for 78.16 percent of registered cases, rose 64.82 percent year on year, while complaints involving medicine and health food accounted for 10.5 percent and 5.12 percent respectively of the total, according to the center…Full Article: Xinhua Finance Mar 2016

Key Point

  • In 2015, approximately 50% of the food and medicine violations were discovered via “public tip-offs.” The majority of the complaints stemmed from companies selling their products online from WeChat and other mobile phone applications. Complaints included operating without a license, substandard products, fake products, false advertising, and poor product labeling.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In March 2016, Shanghai’s Food and Drug Administration fined the e-commerce food delivery platform CNY 120,000 (US$18,408) for violating China’s Food Safety Laws (initial violations occurred in November 2015).
  • Launched in 2011, WeChat (aka WeiXin) is mobile text and voice messaging communication service that has 650 million users.


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