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China closes dangerous plants

After recent reports linking serious injuries to contamination in Chinese plants processing pet food, the Chinese government responds.

NYT reports:

China said Tuesday that they had recently closed 180 food plants and that inspectors had uncovered more than 23,000 food safety violations.

The nationwide crackdown, which began in December, also found that many small food makers were using industrial chemicals, dyes and other illegal ingredients in making a range of food products, everything from candy to seafood.

The announcement came as part of a sweeping overhaul of this country's food safety regulations in the aftermath of a series of international food scares involving Chinese exports.

The country's exports of contaminated vegetable protein earlier this year triggered one of the largest pet food recalls in American history....

Regulators said 33,000 law enforcement officials combed the nation and turned up illegal food making dens, counterfeit bottled water, fake soy sauce, banned food additives and illegal meat processing plants....

China Daily, the nation's English language newspaper, said industrial chemicals, including dyes, mineral oils, paraffin wax, formaldehyde and malachite green, had been found in everything from candy, pickles and biscuits to seafood.

One commentator attributes the problem not so much to fraud as to inadequate capability and infrastructure. It's hard to say. But with one world market and foods, drugs, and medicinal products moving across international boundaries, it makes sense to move beyond rhetoric and regulate effectively.
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