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China Facts: Professional complainers result in import stop of cheese



Products containing certain molds was until lately blocked from being imported into China including Camembert, Brie, Roquefort, blue cheese and goat cheese. China imported more than $400m of cheese last year with the majority being mozzarella destined for use in pizzas. The reason to the action is the changes to China's Food Safety Law in 2015. The amendment removed a clause that required victims to prove personal injury or loss to be eligible for compensation. This has spawned an industry of professional complainers who developed sophisticated operations to challenge food brands and retailers for compensation. Simple labeling mistakes including font sizes being too small or the lack of Chinese translation account for more than two-thirds of the court cases*)     


*) SupChina 13th September 2017












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