Nine central government departments including CFDA, food safety office of the State Council, Ministry of Public Security and Ministry of Commerce co-released a regulation document to crack down on fraud and false advertisement of food and health food.

The document stressed that the relevant companies should take greater responsibilities. Health food vendors should obtain operation approval. Those stores without operation approval are not allowed to operate online to sell health food or any kind of food.

The legal responsibility of advertisers should also be clarified. Spokesman featured in advertisements for recommended products would also be asked to take legal responsibilities if consumers’ rights are found to be damaged by this given product.

Importers should also operate based on China’s food safety law and food standard. Once a kind of products is spotted with problem, the import should take measures to recall relevant products in time. (Source:

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