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New law in China subjects celebrities to liability for products they endorse

March 21, 2009 No Comments »
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A new law has been passed in China, following various product liability issues which involved celebrity endorsements of certain products.  One such example involved advertising for Sanlu Group’s products, which is the company that was reportedly involved in the 2008 milk contamination scandal in which six babies died and hundreds of thousands were sickened by milk tainted with melamine.  This new law follows a 2007 law that prohibited or limited celebrity endorsements in China of  nutritional supplements or drug products.  These developments remind me of the sweat-shop controversy of years ago, in which the endorsements by Kathie Lee Gifford and Michael Jordan were called into question.  Gifford withdrew her endorsements of the products unless or until the company changed its practices to prevent child-labor and sweat shop conditions.  Jordan’s response, in contrast, was something along the lines of “not my problem.”  And in some ways, Jordan may be right about that, but it probably comes down to the responsibility or initiative a personality is willing to take for the products he or she endorses.  Something to think about, anyway.  More information:  http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/03/china-food-safety-celebrity-endorsements.php

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