Photos from Yahoo China.
Multiple government agencies and state-owned enterprises have embarked on a campaign led by the Ministry of Commerce to put a stop to the wave of panic buying that saw supermarkets and stores emptied of salt in Zhejiang, Guangdong, Jiangxi, Guizhou, Sichuan, Jiangsu and Hubei provinces as well as the municipalities of Beijing and Chongqing.
In a statement posted on its website, the Ministry of Commerce pointed to China’s “substantial” salt supplies and added that “salt supply is completely guaranteed in the country.”
China has an annual salt production capacity of over 80 million tonnes, said the ministry, but the country’s edible salt consumption is only about a tenth of that. In addition, salt companies usually keep enough salt supplies for three months.
China National Salt Industry Corporation echoed the ministry’s statement by saying it had “ample salt reserves to meet the people’s needs” and “panic buying and hoarding was unnecessary”.
To prevent a similar scare in the future, the ministry has ordered an “emergency response mechanism” and instructed local commerce departments to closely monitor the supply and distribution of all daily necessities.
The above images of salt supplies moving from the warehouses to the stores flooded Chinese web portals and airwaves to calm the rattled nerves of residents.
In a sign that things are returning to normal, Yunnan Salt dropped more than 4 percent today after it rose by the daily limit of 10 percent yesterday.
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