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State Food and Drug Administration

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.

Saturday, 21 April, 2012, 12:00am

Mainland sees red over coloured contact lenses

Mainland authorities say they will step up regulation of coloured contact lenses and have told manufacturers and vendors to suspend production and imports.

The State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) said it was concerned about the risk such products pose, including infection and eye damage, due to the absence of proper medical supervision.

21 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Fake sex products trigger warning

More than 90 per cent of unlicensed sex-related products sold online on the mainland are counterfeit or of substandard quality with harmful side effects, and that is why Beijing is launching a crackdown on both the products and online advertising about them.

21 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Public gets first look at proposed food safety law

The proposed contents of the first national food safety legislation were made available for public comment yesterday in another bid to repair the mainland's image, tarnished by a string of scandals.

21 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Top official jailed in another blow to pharmaceutical industry

A former top pharmaceutical official has been jailed for seven years for taking 160,000 yuan in bribes in the latest case to rattle the mainland's scandal-plagued drug industry.

1 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Tough road to improve food safety: top official

Deputy health chief seeks global input on quality

The central government is still in the grip of food scares and improving its safety record would be a long and arduous task that needed stronger international co-operation, a top health official said amid increasing global concern over the quality of mainland exports.

6 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Drugs boss executed over fake medicine

Beijing 'setting example for shaming nation'

Former state pharmaceuticals chief Zheng Xiaoyu was executed yesterday as the central government stepped up its battle against unsafe food and drug products.

11 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Corrupt drug chief blamed for scandals

Condemned agency head targeted

Beijing blamed former drug chief Zheng Xiaoyu yesterday for the spate of fake-drug scandals which has put the country's food and drug industries under the international spotlight.

1 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Brought down by bribes

The rise and fall of Zheng Xiaoyu

1994-1998: head of State Pharmaceutical Administration

1998-2003: head of State Drug Administration

May 2003: appointed director of State Food and Drug Administration

June 2005: sacked from SFDA

Dec 2006: came under investigation by Central Commission for Discipline Inspection

30 May 2007 - 12:00am

1 million yuan in assets returned to top official jailed for taking bribes

A Beijing court has returned more than 1 million yuan in assets to a former senior State Food and Drug Administration official but upheld his 15-year sentence for gun possession and taking bribes.

24 May 2007 - 12:00am

Former drugs boss on trial for corruption

The former chief of the mainland's food and drug regulator went on trial in Beijing yesterday, accused of taking millions of yuan in bribes and dereliction of duty.

17 May 2007 - 12:00am

Ex-drug administration boss commits suicide after graft probe

Former State Food and Drug Administration chief Zheng Xiaoyu has committed suicide, according to a Shanghai-based magazine. He was sacked in June 2005 and investigated for taking bribes,

1 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Pledge to clean up drugs watchdog

More than 160,000 drug permits to be screened again as new chief seeks to tighten approval process

China's food and drug watchdog has vowed to clean up all units of its administration through 'communist spiritual education' in the wake of a series of high-profile medical scandals that led to condemnation from the State Council.

28 Jan 2007 - 12:00am