Chinese officials crack down on food-safety rumours

By RJ Whitehead

- Last updated on GMT

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Related tags: Food safety, State council of the people's republic of china

Chinese food inspectors must become more transparent in a bid to control food-safety rumours circulating on social media.

According to a statement released last week by the Food Safety Commission under the State Council, together with nine other agencies, inspection authorities will have to publicise “accurate and complete food-safety supervision information​”.

Overall, the commission found that China’s food safety situation is “positive​”. However, it has set out to address rumours that surface from time to time, and lead to public concern.

The body notified inspectors that they have a duty to name the companies implicated in rumours and force such businesses to take action where necessary.

However, it also warned organisations or individuals not to release reports or warnings about national food safety issues without official authorisation. 

According to the statement, no entities can publish or distribute food inspection reports issued by unqualified institutions.

Law enforcement agencies were also ordered to punish anyone who starts or spreads false food safety rumours.

Related topics: Policy, Food safety, China, East Asia

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