China's southern boom city of Shenzhen Friday said it will offer up to 500,000 yuan (79,400 U.S. dollars) to people who give tip-offs leading to the discovery of food safety scandals.
Guo Chi, deputy director of Shenzhen's market supervision administration, said people will be rewarded for tip-offs that lead to the seizure of tainted food and shutdown of "black workshops" which illegally use banned additive or produce substandard food.
The rewards, which are stipulated in a regulation effective next month, range from 300 to 500,000 yuan, Guo said.
The regulation aims to encourage the general public to help supervise food safety so to timely discover, control and eradicate food safety dangers, the official said.
China's food industry has been rocked by a spate of safety scandals over the past few years, from melamine-tainted baby formula, to dyed buns and clenbuterol-tainted pork.