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China Gives Its Food Safety Law More Teeth; Offenders Could Now Face Lifetime Ban

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Published on : Jun 16, 2014

China is making a concerted effort to maintain and publish records of the conduct and operations of food companies in a bid to better its food safety track record. Authorities from the industry said on Sunday, 15 June, the country has begun drawing up a black list of illegal food producers that exist within the food and beverage industry in China. According to deputy head of China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce, Ma Zhengqi, authorities in the country have begun working on an information disclosure network that will track corporate conduct across the country. 

This disclosure system will carry out the crucial role of registering administrative information, disclosure systems, and punishment records. These records will be made accessible to the public so as to promote more honesty and code-compliance in businesses. Ma said that members of the public could anonymously inform the authorities of any illicit activities they may have observed in the food industry in China.

According to the Chinese State Council, the Chinese cabinet issued a set of guidelines in May 2014 aimed at improving food safety across China – with a special emphasis on the meat products and baby formula market. In October 2013, China had released draft amendments to the Food Safety Law. As part of its new regulations, fines for those found guilty of severe food violations will be tripled. Offenders could also be jailed for their violations besides facing a lifetime ban from the food and beverage industry.

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