The open event of destroying illegal food held in 10 provinces and autonomous regions in sync

On November 20, the national work group of joint action for the rectification over problems with food safety held an open event for the destruction of illegal food in ten provinces and autonomous regions at the same time, with Hebei as the main venue and Inner Mongolia, Heilongjiang, Jiangsu, Anhui, Shandong, Guangdong, Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu as the branch venues. 

Led by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and the National Supervisory Commission and organized by State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) and Ministry of Public Security (MPS), 14 ministries, including Ministry of Education, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, set up a work group of action to carry out the joint action for the rectification over problems with food safety nationwide. So far, the market regulators of different areas have handled 73,000 cases of food safety-related violation, imposed the fine of 870 million yuan, ordered 2,428 merchants to suspend their production or business, revoked 152 business licenses and restricted the qualification of 155 professionals. The police of different areas have cracked 6,427 criminal cases, destroyed 3,958 illegal dens and caught 11,459 suspects. 

A total of 540 tons of illegal food in over 300 varieties were destroyed in 10 provinces and autonomous regions at this event, which epitomized the recent work on destroying the illegal food nationwide. To destroy and confiscate the food in question in accordance with the law is part of the regulations for the crackdown on illegal and criminal acts and for the deterrence of criminals, constitutes the key measures to prevent and resolve risks and eliminates the harm to health, fully demonstrates the important achievements made on the joint rectification over food safety issue and showcases the firm resolution of CPC Central Committee and the State Council to protect the food safety of the general public. 

The representatives of consumers and right holders gave affirmation to the joint action and endorsed the efforts made by the authorities of market regulation, Ministry of Public Security and Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs to severely combat the illegal acts related to food safety and protect the interests of the general public. 

Sun Meijun, Deputy Head of the work group and Vice Minister of SAMR announced the beginning of the event and then supervised it on-site. The officials of SAMR and MPS updated their investigation about illegal administrative cases and criminal cases on food safety respectively. The event was also witnessed by the NPC deputies, CPPCC members, public and business representatives as well as media. Xia Yanjun, Vice Mayor of Hebei People’s Government attended the event and delivered remarks. The event in Hebei was organized by Hebei Administration for Market Regulation, Hebei Department of Public Security and Hebei Department of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

(Source: SAMR)