Revisions on Food Safety Law Promises Tougher Punishment for Offenders
China Food Safety Law has undergone a revision after its first reading and vowed to implement tougher punishment for offenders and has also promised to have the strictest food safety supervision system in the country. As of the moment the existing system is not that effective and penalties given are light and do not work as a deterrent to offenders. This will be the first revision done to the law since it was implemented in 2009.
Based on the law, consumers are allowed to demand reparations worth at least three times the losses that they have suffered from substandard food. The current law only allows them to get compensation 10 times that amount of the food purchased. And because substandard food is so cheap, consuming it can cause serious health problems and financial losses thus when the revisions are adopted consumer can expect a higher compensation. Doling out bigger fines to offenders are also on the table along with producers which could face fines of up to 30 times the value of the substandard products they are selling an amount which is ten times higher from the current law.
The revised bill will also have a provision to punish landlords of production sites that are proven to have illegal activities in their property and to suppliers that sell unlawful substances to producers with the knowledge that they will be added to food. Administrative penalties will be imposed on officials that fail to act on the food safety emergencies, these officials will also be held liable for food safety cover ups.