The State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) tallied almost 270,000 complaints over food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and medical equipment in 2013. Aka not nearly enough in our book, because by our recollection, there were far more gross violations than that. Shanghai Daily reports:
Most complaints were about unlicensed production, advertisements, unauthorized distribution, substandard products, and banned additives, said Liu Pei, SFDA center director.
Most complaints (82 percent) were collected via hotline 12331, launched in 2012 but also through websites, letters and personal visits.
Complaints about food and pharmaceutical safety have been on the rise in recent years, reflecting growing public awareness of their rights and interests, Li said.
In fact, a recent New Zealand survey found that Chinese consumers are more sensitive about food sourcing than their British counterparts. Makes sense, British never had to worry that rat provided the “squeak” in their “Bubble and Squeak.”