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76 held in China for producing, trading toxic food

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

have arrested 76 people suspected of producing and trading online, authorities said.

Public security organs and and drug watchdogs in China's 11 provincial-level regions have cracked down on 22 illegal factories that produced toxic, and drugs, involving 1.2 billion yuan (USD189.7 million), said.

A suspect surnamed Yan in-charge of a in east China's Province illegally organised people to produce crude illegal drugs to be added to food and sold to illegal workshops for mass production, state-run agency reported.

One "medicine" involved in the case costs about 5 yuan for a box to produce, but is sold for 125 yuan online and 300 yuan in drug stores, the ministry said.

Public security organs have told consumers, especially the elderly and those with chronic diseases, to only buy drugs and via licensed stores and report to police if they find drugs and food with illegal ingredients, the report said.

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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 17:35 IST