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Chinese Authorities Seize More Than 100,000 Tons of 40-Year-Old Frozen Meat

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Authorities in China have seized more than 100,000 tons of smuggled meat being sold across the country, some of which was frozen and dated back to the 1970s, according to a report in the state-run China Daily. The seizures were part of a nationwide crackdown on a smuggling ring in possession of at least $483 million… Continue Reading

UC Davis Partners With Chinese on World Food Safety Center

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University of California Davis officials signed an agreement May 22 in Beijing to partner with a Chinese city and a nearby agricultural university on joint food safety programs. The UC Davis World Food Center in Zhuhai, China, is designed to organize research and establish goals regarding food production in China and elsewhere. “China has placed a very… Continue Reading

Global Food Safety Forum to Focus on Technology, Compliance

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The third Global Food Safety Forum, being held June 13-14, 2015, in Beijing will explore ideas laid out in a newly released white paper entitled, “Food Safety Technologies: Key Tools for Compliance.” Chapters by authors in both the private and public sectors discuss recent technology development in food safety regulation and how technology intersects with enforcement and… Continue Reading

China Toughens Up Food Safety Laws By Adopting New Amendments

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In the wake of several high-profile food safety scandals, China’s lawmakers have adopted tougher amendments to bolster the country’s existing food safety law. The changes, effective Oct. 1, 2015, will add 50 new articles, or about half again what the previous law contained. Many of the new amendments address infant formula regulations and the online… Continue Reading

Could Glowing Fish Help Improve Food Safety?

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A startup in Hong Kong is hoping to use light-up fish embryos to improve food safety. The company, Vitargent, engineered medaka and zebrafish embryos to turn fluorescent green or develop tumors in the presence of harmful substances called Estrogenic Endocrine Disruptors (EEDs). The technology can screen for more than 1,000 chemicals such as DDT and… Continue Reading

As Toxin Fears Grow, More Chinese Are Buying Imported Rice

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Despite being the number-one producer and consumer of rice in the world, more Chinese citizens are buying rice imported from Japan and elsewhere due to fears about heavy metals and other toxins, according to Reuters. While the amount of rice imported to China from Japan in 2014 is still extremely small, it was triple the… Continue Reading

Chinese Police Arrest More Than 100 People for Selling Contaminated Pork

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More than 110 people have been arrested in China for selling pork from diseased animals. The Public Security Ministry said more than 1,000 tons of contaminated pork and 48 tons of cooking oil produced from the meat have been seized across 11 provinces. The investigation reportedly began at the end of 2013 into producers who… Continue Reading

Subway Investigating Reports of Doctored Expiration Dates in China

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Chinese media are reporting that workers at a Subway sub-sandwich fast-food chain outlet in Beijing were doctoring expiration labels and serving meat and vegetables beyond their expiration date. Subway officials stated on Monday that they were investigating the claims, according to Reuters. Subway is just the latest in a recent string of fast-food chains with… Continue Reading

Chinese Lawmakers Mull Tougher Penalties for Breaking Food Safety Laws

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The bi-monthly legislative session of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, being held Monday through Saturday in Beijing, is considering a draft revision to China’s food safety laws that would include detention for offenders. Anyone who adds inedible substances to foods could go to jail for up to 15 days, states the submitted bill language…. Continue Reading

Spending Bill Bans ‘Chinese Chicken’ From Federal Meal Programs

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A provision included in the $1.1-trillion spending bill Congress passed last week and which is now headed to the president’s desk prevents poultry processed in China from being used in the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program (Section 736 of Division A). Four Chinese poultry-processing plants have… Continue Reading