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Heinz Recalls Baby Cereal in China for High Lead Levels

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H.J. Heinz Co. of Pittsburgh, PA, has recalled nearly 1,500 boxes of Heinz AD Calcium Hi-Protein Cereal in China after it was found to contain excessive levels of lead. The lead was found in 400-gram boxes (about 14 oz.) of the baby cereal during a regulatory inspection in Zhejiang province in Eastern China, according to Xinhua… Continue Reading

Chinese Walmart Store Being Investigated for Food Safety Violations

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According to the Xinhua news service, Chinese regulators are investigating a Walmart store in Shenzhen for food safety violations. The inquiry was reportedly prompted by videos taken by a company employee; however, Walmart officials denied there was any wrongdoing at the store. Walmart officials stated that the company had launched its own investigation in response… Continue Reading

U.S. Makes Top 10 List of Worst Food Safety Violators

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According to the global food source monitoring company Food Sentry, the U.S. was one of the top 10 countries with the most food safety violations in 2013. In 2013, Food Sentry added more than 3,400 verified instances of food safety violations associated with products exported from 117 different countries. The incident data were gathered from… Continue Reading

Chinese TV Report Prompts McDonald’s and KFC to Drop U.S.-Owned Supplier

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China’s Dragon TV has thrust a Chicago-area meat supplier into the arms of its crisis communications team with public apologies and promises for quick corrective action. But Aurora, IL-based OSI Group could not act fast enough to stop McDonald’s and Yum! Brands Inc.’s KFC from cutting business ties with its Shanghai Husi Food Co. Ltd…. Continue Reading

China’s Food Safety Issues Worse Than You Thought

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(Nancy Huehnergarth is a national food policy activist, journalist, coalition leader and president of Nancy F. Huehnergarth Consulting. Follow her on Twitter. A shorter version of this article first appeared in The Hill.) In April, I began an email correspondence with an American I’ll call Susan (she prefers to remain anonymous), who has lived in China for 15 years… Continue Reading

A Food Safety ‘Belt and Suspenders’ System May be Emerging in China

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Government plans to strengthen laws, combined with dramatic increases in private spending, especially by Western companies, may signal the emergence of a “belt and suspenders” approach to finally making food safety a reality for China’s 1 million food producers. Walmart, which is No. 9 among China’s top retailers, will triple its food safety spending after… Continue Reading

China’s Congress Considers Tougher Food Safety Laws

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Lawmakers were briefed Monday in Beijing by the head of the country’s food and drug administration about draft revisions to strengthen China’s food safety laws. Zhang Yong reportedly told lawmakers at the bimonthly session of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress that food safety is improving, but that recent problems show that “the… Continue Reading

Hearing on China’s Food Safety Spotlights Poultry Processing

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China may be moving closer to legally exporting processed cooked chicken to the United States. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has received from China a list of four plants that the country has certified as eligible to export processed chicken here. But before exportation can occur, China must develop a proper export health certificate that… Continue Reading

Chicken from China? Your Seafood is Already Being Processed There

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Thanks to our Change.org petition (307,000-plus signatures and rising), millions of Americans have learned that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is about to allow U.S chickens to be sent to China for processing and then shipped back to the U.S. for human consumption. This arrangement is particularly alarming given China’s appalling food safety record and… Continue Reading

Report: Largest Outbreak in German History Caused by Imported Strawberries

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The largest recorded foodborne illness outbreak in German history was caused by frozen strawberries imported from China, according to a study published in the February issue of Eurosurveillance. At least 11,000 cases of norovirus were reported by 390 institutions – mostly schools and childcare facilities – between Sept. 19 and Oct. 7, 2012. Epidemiologists were… Continue Reading