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Regulator clears Muji operator of Chinese import fraud claim

Influential state television program now faces criticism of its own

A Shanghai food regulator discredited claims that Muji operator Ryohin Keikaku violated a Chinese import ban.

SHANGHAI -- The city's food safety agency found no evidence that Muji retail chain operator Ryohin Keikaku imported food produced in areas of Japan subject to a Chinese ban, discrediting claims made on a popular state television program.

"No products have been found violating the law at this time," Yan Zuqiang, director-general of the Shanghai Municipal Food and Drug Administration, told reporters Friday. "Muji's products have no connection" to areas affected by Chinese import bans.

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