China has begun selling cheap, probiotic food products to hungry Chinese customers after months of growing concerns over the health effects of the bacteria, the country’s state news agency Xinhua reported Sunday.
The sale of the products is part of a wider campaign aimed at improving the countrys health, Xinhua said, citing government officials and officials from major Chinese companies.
Xinhua reported the sale of a new line of probiotic and other probiotic products, including a range of products made from plant extracts, to Chinese customers on Sunday, which is part to a nationwide push to increase the countryns health.
The announcement came less than two weeks after the country launched a national campaign to encourage the use of probiotics.
The sale of products in China is largely prohibited by Chinese law, but the sale is still being monitored by the Ministry of Health, Xinhuanet reported.
According to the report, the products are made from plants, herbs and other foods that are commonly found in China, such as mushrooms, garlic, onions and leeks.
The Xinhua report said the products have been available since June.
China has been struggling with an epidemic of food poisoning, which has killed more than 3,500 people.
In March, the government announced a $1.5 billion emergency fund to help those affected by the outbreak.
That included $1 million to support Chinese businesses, $800 million to purchase products that contain probiotics and other natural products and $200 million to buy and ship food.