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China’s drugs watchdog struggles as senior staff lured away by industry

Officers from Shanghai Food and Drug Administration conduct a seizure at Husi Food factory in Shanghai July 20, 2014. A watchdog closed Shanghai Husi Food Co Ltd, a local unit of OSI, and seized meat products suspected of being beyond their expiration date, according to a statement on Monday from the Shanghai Municipal Food and Drug Administration. Picture taken July 20, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer (CHINA - Tags: FOOD BUSINESS) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA - RTR3ZGF9
Officers from Shanghai Food and Drug Administration conduct a seizure at Husi Food factory in Shanghai July 20, 2014. A watchdog closed Shanghai Husi Food Co Ltd, a local unit of OSI, and seized meat products suspected of being beyond their expiration date, according to a statement on Monday from the Shanghai Municipal Food and Drug Administration. Picture taken July 20, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer (CHINA – Tags: FOOD BUSINESS) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA – RTR3ZGF9

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Promises of higher salaries and greater freedom at work are luring officials from China’s high-profile drugs watchdog to the companies they had regulated, a  blow just as the country looks to tighten oversight and drive innovation.

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