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Action Plan Targets Fraud and Misleading Claims in the Food and Health Food Sectors

An action plan for tackling fraud and false claims in the food and health food sectors has been jointly announced by the State Council’s Food Safety Commission and eight other government departments. Overall, the plan seeks to strengthen supervision of the production, operation and import of food and health food products.

The priorities of the plan are to bring to an end the following five proscribed practices:

  1. The production, sale or import of food and health food products without prior permission
  2. The making of false markings or claims on the labels of food and health food products
  3. Any illegal marketing or advertising activity or the adoption of any other deceptive sales technique relating to food and health food products, whether via computer networks, conference marketing, TV shopping, direct selling or telephone marketing
  4. The distribution of false or misleading advertisements on food and health food products without prior scrutiny
  5. Any transgression of the laws and regulations relating to fraud and false claims in the food and health food sectors

For further details (in Chinese), please refer to the following website:

Circular of the State Council Food Safety Commission and Eight Other Departments on Issuing the Plan to Control Fraud and False Claims in Food and Health Food Products (Shi An Ban No. 20 [2017])

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