Rewards may encourage whistleblowers
China will establish a system that rewards whistleblowers who expose food or drug safety problems, as a measure to improve supervision and deter violations of the law.
“Whistleblowers have played a role in exposing problems in most food and drug safety cases,” said Zhang Mao, minister of the State Administration for Market Regulation, adding that a recent vaccine scandal that shocked the nation was the result of whistleblowing.
Although a specific regulation at the national level to reward whistleblowers is lacking, some places in China have their own regulations.
For example, under a regulation adopted in April in Dalian, Liaoning province, employees who report problems to their employers or local authorities can receive financial rewards from the local government if the reports are proved authentic.