CHINA TO COMBAT ILLEGAL HEALTH FOOD

China will crack down on illegal activity related to health food, the country's food and drug safety watchdog said on Thursday. The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) will run a nationwide campaign from May to September targeting the illegal production and sale of health food, administration spokeswoman Yan Jiangying said at a press conference. This will be the administration's first campaign since it began operating in March. The administration integrates the monitoring functions of several government organs and acts as a ministerial-level agency. The consumption of health food, or dietary supplements, has increased rapidly in recent years, Yan said. As of the end of last year, 2,006 companies were engaged in the health food business, reporting total revenues of 280 billion yuan (45 billion U.S. dollars), she said. Yan said illegal activity is rampant in the sector, including the use of illegal additives in dieting supplements. The campaign will be the first in a series of campaigns to be conducted by the CFDA to improve food safety, she said.

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