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12 cases solved in illegal medicine trade

TWELVE cases in the illegal medicine trade have been solved in the first half of this year with all suspects sent to police for further investigation, an official with the Shanghai Food and Drug Administration said yesterday.

Wang Longxing, deputy director of the administration, said yesterday that the drug market is under strict inspection. But it is challenging to quickly detect underground and illegal online drug sales and the authorities urged residents to provide tips to help crack down on the trade.

He said the local FDA has destroyed about 10 tons of drugs seized annually from illegal dealers in recent years. Most medicines were meant for sale outside Shanghai.

As for food safety, the administration detected some 16,000 cases of questionable food from January to June. The figure didn't include food failing instant spot checks at wet markets or supermarkets.

As a recent scandal found that tainted rice was sold in some cities, Wang said that over the past few years the administration's checks found that 99 to 100 percent of rice sold here meets safety standards.

He said checks have been launched at all wholesale and wet markets.

"We haven't found tainted rice," he said. "The checks will be tightened if questionable rice is detected."

Thanks to tighter food management and increased awareness, the number of food poisoning cases has dropped in the city.

Shanghai recorded its lowest number of mass food poisoning cases on record last year with eight incidents that sickened 139 people.

In 2008, there were 17 cases and 467 victims.


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