Study finds more labeling information increases purchasing appeal of GM foods

CHINA – Chinese researchers have found that increasing the information in labels of Genetically Modified Foods (GMF) can increase the consumers’ willingness to buy them as they will be more informed about the benefits attributed to the GMFs. Most current studies have confirmed that the consumer attitudes and purchase intention toward GMFs are not good. The study was conducted to match the consumers’ different information processing mechanisms by adding marketing information clues and regulating their purchase intentions by contradictory attitudes towards GMFs. The marketing clue information was divided into two…

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China’s inspection commission calls for stringent restaurant regulations

CHINA – China’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) has called for amplified regulation of food outlets after revealing the compromised food safety of certain catering outlets that have been overwhelmed by internet popularity. The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection is the highest internal control institution of the Chinese Communist Party, tasked with enforcing internal rules and regulations. In a commentary on its website, the Commission said the so-called “Wanghong” restaurants – those with explosive online popularity – must ensure public safety. It highlighted examples of popular restaurants that have…

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China’s SAMR develops new consumer guidelines to avert sesame oil adulteration

CHINA – China’s State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR), the regulator in charge of market order in China, has issued new consumer guidelines regarding sesame oil due to adulteration concerns. The regulator has implored consumers to be on the lookout for blended sesame oil by being more vigilant in checking the product labels. “Sesame oil is undoubtedly one of the most ancient edible oils used in China which is highly popular with consumers thanks to its strong fragrance– these guidelines have been issued in order to ensure that consumers are…

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