China on Sunday ordered the closure of nearly half the nation’s dairy companies in an attempt to clean up an industry blighted by scandal.
The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, says of over 1,100 dairies inspected, 426 failed to pass the licensing renewal test.
Another 107 were ordered to suspend production until they improved operations.
Fearing many dairy owners will ignore the production ban and secretly resume operations, officials also issued a warning. “Production without a license will be strictly punished according to the law,” the agency said.