Measures aim to toughen up on online food safety

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The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has released the Measures of the Investigation and Punishment of Illegal Conducts Concerning Online Food Safety (order No. 27), governing online activities by food producers and operators, and their third party platform providers.

story_2Order No. 27 came into force on 1 October 2016, and is aimed at improving transparency and accountability of online food sales and advertising (online food trading).

It applies to all food producers and operators (including delivery service providers) engaged in online food trading (food traders) as well as any third-party platform that supports online food trading (third-party platforms).

Foreign food traders who use information from their home country web pages on their Chinese trading pages must now take special care to ensure that their online information complies with requirements under Chinese law.

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Business Law Digest is compiled with the assistance of Baker & McKenzie. Readers should not act on this information without seeking professional legal advice. You can contact Baker & McKenzie by e-mailing Danian Zhang (Shanghai) at: danian.zhang@bakermckenzie.com

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