EIGHT ministry-level departments have launched a year-long nationwide crackdown on counterfeit products.
Documents released jointly by the departments on Thursday said the aim was to clear China’s markets of fake and poor-quality products and rebuild consumer confidence.
Law-enforcement and quality-supervision departments will be the major forces in
the anti-counterfeiting campaign.
Enterprises or shops found to have been involved in manufacturing or selling fake or poor-quality products would be severely punished.
The focus this month will be on vulnerable rural markets in the run-up to the Chinese New Year on Feb 1.
Quality supervisors will be sent to rural areas this month to check the quality of food supplies. The campaign will widen its scope next month, when nearly all kinds of products that affect consumers’ interests will undergo spot checks.
A highlight of the campaign will be March 15, Consumer’s Day, when a series of publicity activities will be held across the country to call for the better protection of consumers’ interests.
In March, the campaign will enter a new stage. Consumers and enterprises will then be urged to play an active part in the campaign by providing useful information to quality-supervision departments.
Members of the public can call special telephone numbers set up for the purpose.
Quality supervision will enter cyberspace this year. Enterprises or stores found to have used fraud will be named on the Internet. – People's Daily
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