The central authority will send inspectors to review provincial-level government food safety, according to a document published on Monday [29 August 2016]. The General Office of the State Council published a circular on the annual review and assessment of food safety work…Full Article: Xinhua Finance Aug 2016

Key Point

  • The State Council will also ask provincial governments to grade their food safety performance, while a final grade (3-tiered grading scale) will be issued by national inspectors.

ChinaAg Comment

  • In 2015, China had 770,000 public complaints pertaining to food and medicine (a 37% increase from 2014). Approximately 50% of the food and medicine violations in China 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.

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