China Cracks Down on Poor Product Quality With 774 Arrests
China has announced 774 arrests in a crackdown on substandard goods designed to allay international fears about the nation’s food and product safety.
The arrests were the result of investigations into the sale of fake or poor-quality food, medicine or agricultural products, the Associated Press reports. The country’s General Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said the arrests stem from 626 criminal investigations.
Chinese officials also said the country is introducing bar code technology to track the origin of catfish and is adopting higher standards for pharmaceutical licensing.
The crackdown comes as Chinese chemical companies continue to market counterfeit and illegal drugs. Many had set up booths at a Milan trade show this month, the New York Times reports. The newspaper said Chinese chemical companies are not regulated by food and drug authorities, and as a result they export drugs that are not certified or inspected.
A hat tip to Jurist’s Paper Chase blog, which posted the arrests story.