The 2017 China health food industry conference was recently held in Beijing under the guidance of CFDA.

Sun Xianze, the deputy chief of CFDA, said at the conference that efforts to crack down on illegal conducts related to health food should be strengthened.

Mr. Sun said that CFDA should improve inspection and registration of health food, and take measures including enhancing the inspection system, improving the management team, and launching special campaigns.

In 2016, the general standard rate of spot checks on health food was 98%, which s up by 1.6% from 2015 and 4.2% from 2014. Health food safety in general is developing in a sound way.

At the same time, as noted by Mr. Sun, the management of health food is still facing a lot of challenges and fail to meet public expectations. The problems include sales and operations by companies without obtaining official approval, false advertisement and illegal marketing campaigns, and substandard logo on health food.

Mr. Sun said that to improve the inspection works, special attention should be paid to stores, both online and offline, for false advertisement. Those that are found to be operating illegally should be punished severely. (Source: China Medical Journal)

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