Six government agencies released ten typical cases about food counterfeiting in rural areas

Since December 2018, six departments, namely, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Areas, Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Public Security, State Administration for Market Regulation, National Intellectual Property Administration and All China Federation of Supply and Marketing Cooperatives, have jointly carried out the special rectification action on rural food counterfeiting.

As of the end of February, 2019, 1.67 million staff (including the ones repeatedly calculated) have been dispatched nationwide to inspect over 1.98 million food-related entities and various markets, handle over 12,000 cases worth of 420 million yuan, transfer 479 cases, confiscate 1,032 tons of counterfeit food, ban the production and operation of 5,578 entities without business license and certifications, revoke the business licenses and food-related business certificates of 254 business entities and destroy 843 hideouts, which vigorously cracked down on the illegal criminals and effectively curbed the counterfeiting by giving a “sweepup” to the rural food markets . However, considering the long-term and complex features of anti-counterfeiting work in rural areas, hidden problem still exists and the task of rectification remains arduous, which requires consistent efforts.

Recently, six government agencies sorted out the cases handled from different local areas and selected ten typical cases about food counterfeiting in the rural area based on the factors of social influence, typical property, offensive types and territory distribution of cases. The ten typical ones cover the offences related to food counterfeiting, IPR infringement, copycat, manufacture or sale of products without production date, without quality assurance or without producer’s name, substandard products and those beyond expiration date. In order to give warnings to those violators or criminals, improve the precaution consciousness of consumers and push forward the law enforcement of market regulators in the food market of rural areas, now ten typical cases have been released to the public.

(Source: MARA News Office)