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Cash prize amount for food safety whistleblowers raised to 300,000 yuan

WHISTLEBLOWERS now stand to pocket up to 300,000 yuan for tipping off wrongdoings related to food safety from this month.

The Shanghai Food and Drug Administration increased the maximum cash prize – from 200,000 yuan since the mechanism was set up in 2011 to 300,000 yuan – to encourage more whistleblowers to expose violations that hamper food safety, including use of out-of-date raw materials, illegally processing kitchen waste, and faking best-before dates.

For any tip-offs, the whistleblower, who can call the hotline 12331, will receive at least 200 yuan. After investigation, they stand to win further rewards.

Last year, the administration handled 995 cases in which, whistleblowers were rewarded with a total of 843,000 yuan, up 13 percent from 2014.

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