(Yicai Global) Jan. 17 -- The China Food and Drug Administration has ordered the Tianjin municipal government to investigate reports of a local "fake food seasoning manufacturing hub" using brand names such as Maggi, Knorr, and Nestle. The CFDA said it is determined to crack down on violations of laws and regulations.
Criminals working out of the northeastern city's Jinghai district made counterfeit and poor-quality seasoning products, which were sold to many areas, Beijing News reported yesterday.
A CFDA spokesperson said it immediately instructed the main food and drug authority in Tianjin to give its findings to the local government. Public security agencies are looking into the case and have been asked to track and file the times, amounts and locations of the sales.
The CFDA told food and drug administration offices in Tianjin to crack down on law-breakers and disclose information about offenders and their punishments. The CFDA and public security ministry sent staff to Tianjin to supervise.
About 50 small factories, working in a residential area, had been making an estimated CNY100 million (USD14.5 million) worth of counterfeit foods a year using unapproved ingredients such as leftovers and industrial salt.