Health in the People's Republic of China

Echoes of Sars as Beijing turns into a ghost city

With the streets deserted, residents gripped by fear and mistrust, and government officials tight-lipped, the mood in Beijing recalls the spring of 2003, when the capital was caught in the throes of the Sars epidemic.

Friday, 27 July, 2012, 12:00am

An unhealthy way to deal with scandal

The public's long-held distrust of food and drug safety on the mainland was stirred once again this week by the exposure of toxic medicine capsules containing far more chromium than is allowed.

21 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Capital airs life ban for breaches of food safety law

Beijing plans to ban people convicted of food-safety crimes from investing in or operating food businesses. It is one of several proposed amendments to toughen city laws.

10 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Market calls

China Mengniu Dairy (2319), China's biggest milk seller, dropped 24 per cent on Wednesday after the company revealed that its milk contained flavacin M1, a toxin known to cause severe liver damage, even cancer. The news pressed the hot-button issue of food safety on the mainland for a sensitive consumable: milk.

2 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Dairy giant's milk tests positive for cancer toxin

Excessive levels of a cancer-causing toxin were found in milk produced in Sichuan in October by dairy giant Mengniu, the mainland's product quality watchdog said at the weekend.

27 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Move to tackle poor access to cheap drugs

The health ministry will modify its system for essential drugs next year after a two-year trial found that it covers too few drugs to effectively keep patients' medical bills in check.

13 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Clothes for local children often found substandard

The quality standards of children's clothing made in Guangdong differ, depending on whether they were slated to be exported or sold domestically, local media reported.

21 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Online sales pose unique danger

The internet has been called a 'pharmaceutical candy store' by watchdogs for good reason. Drugs that are controlled and addictive or contain banned substances are readily available from online shops that often have lax requirements for prescriptions and proof of age.

4 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Getting to grips with food safety

Food security is the abiding concern of many countries - few more so than China, with a fifth of the world's population. Come storm, flood or drought, the first concern after life and property can be the impact on crops, food supplies, consumer prices - and inflation. Food safety, on the other hand, is a government responsibility in good times or bad.

9 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Call to make food safety a national security issue

China's top lawmakers have proposed making food safety a matter of national security after a nationwide inspection found major problems.

1 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Taiwan toughens toxic food penalties

Taiwan has introduced stiffer prison terms for those found guilty of making and selling toxic foods, and raised maximum fines to NT$10 million (HK$2.7 million) per case in efforts to safeguard consumers and rescue the island's food industry after its worst food safety scandal in three decades.

11 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Food items with toxins ordered off the shelves

Taiwan has ordered the removal of five types of beverages and food items from store shelves amid a mounting food scare that has gripped the island.

28 May 2011 - 12:00am

Proposed rule changes aim to make recalls easier

Beijing is trying to make it easier to pull unsafe food products from the shelves with tough changes to the country's recall regulations.

A draft put out for public consultation on Monday by the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine tries to plug loopholes in regulations from 2007.

25 May 2011 - 12:00am

Officials get black mark on record for food scandals

Food safety authorities appear to be taking a more aggressive approach to combating the rising number of problems involving tainted food nationwide, as the issue is reportedly being factored into assessments of local officials' performance.

16 May 2011 - 12:00am

Drug firm IPO set to be one of biggest ever

State-owned Shanghai Pharmaceuticals Holding said its Hong Kong initial public offering launched today, aimed at raising more than HK$15 billion, could become the second-biggest health-care and pharmaceutical offer in the world in the past five years.

6 May 2011 - 12:00am