Govt set to establish food safety program

When customers throughout China buy food in the near future, they will be able to know immediately where it comes from, what company made it and even how it was produced.

Online buyers finding causes for complaint

Online shopping drew the largest number of complaints in the e-commerce industry last year, according to a report released on Wednesday. 52 percent of the complaints involved online shopping, far outstripping other activities such as group purchases.


World Consumer Rights Day 2012

History and purpose

History and purpose

15 March is World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD), an annual occasion for celebration and solidarity within the international consumer movement. It marks the date in 1962 U.S. President John F Kennedy first outlined the definition of Consumer Rights. WCRD was first observed on 15 March 1983.

WCRD is an opportunity to promote the basic rights of all consumers, for demanding that those rights are respected and protected, and for protesting the market abuses and social injustices which undermine them.

Product safety cases in the last year (Mar. 15, 2011 - Mar. 15, 2012)

Month/Year Major product quality cases
Company involved
Feb. 2012 Too much formaldehyde in Vanke complex floors? Vanke, A&W (Shanghai) Woods Co Ltd
Cooking utensils found to be harmful Zhejiang Supor Cookware Co., Ltd.
McDonald's burgers accused of using pink slime McDonald's China
Price-gouging taints beach resort Sanya's reputation Seafood resteraunts in Sanya, Hainan
Dec. 2011
Bacteria found in Mead Johnson infant formula Mead Johnson
Toxin found in Mengniu's milk
Mengniu Group
Cesium found in milk powder made by Japan’s Meiji Japanese milk powder maker Meiji
Oct. 2011
Supor cooking utensils found to be Harmful Zhejiang Supor Cookware Co., Ltd.
Sept. 2011
Wal-Mart China pork scandal
Walmart China
Aug. 2011 Cheap acid used in aged vinegar Shanxi Shuita Group
Dairy Queen (DQ) admitted the raw mix they use to make ice cream is produced and provided by Beijing-based Baxi

Jul. 2011

Furniture outlet Da Vinci lies about places of production and sells inferior-quality products at high prices

Da Vinci
Apr. 2011

Toxic metal found in Nestle's baby foods

Mar. 2011
Shineway meat products contain clenbuterol, an illegal additive that is hazardous to humans
Henan-based Jiyuan Shuanghui Food Co Ltd