16 September 2019

Enhanced penalties eyed for food safety violations, paper says

China plans to enhance the penalties for acts that endanger food safety, such as putting illegal additives in food products, Beijing Business Today reported Wednesday, citing a draft proposal published Tuesday by the State Food and Drug Administration. Currently, penalties are set at 5 to 10 times the amount involved. The government now plans to triple that to 15-30 times, the report said. Under the draft rules, people who are sentenced for food safety crimes will be banned from operating or managing food production businesses for life. Producers of baby formula food are required to file data on raw materials, ingredients and other things to regulators.

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