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Opiates: How to Keep Diners Coming Back for Chinese Noodles

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Drugged food is yet another safety concern to watch out for in China. A restaurant owner in Shaanxi Province has admitted to secretly infusing his noodles with poppy shells (from which opium is made) in order to keep diners coming back. The plan was reportedly working until he got caught. Police began their investigation after… Continue Reading

OSI Group Shrinks China Staff After Expired Meat Scandal

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Last year Aurora, IL-based OSI Group broke into the top 100 of the Forbes list of the largest privately held companies. But, in the past 60 days, OSI Group, with its “World of Food Solutions” motto, has been rapidly shrinking in China. At this point, OSI (China) might have preferred to let its Shanghai Husi… Continue Reading

Study: Flame Retardants in Baby Food Well Below Unsafe Levels

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The levels of flame retardant chemicals in baby food from the U.S. and China are well below levels considered unsafe, according to a new study conducted by researchers at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). In fact, the levels of flame retardants in baby food are lower than those in other… Continue Reading

Six Arrested in Chinese Scandal Over Expired Meat

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Chinese authorities in Shanghai have arrested six officials and employees from a subsidiary of the U.S. food supplier OSI Group in connection with the scandal involving expired meat served at a number of Western food chain franchises in China, according to Channel News Asia. The six, who were arrested this past Friday, work for Shanghai… Continue Reading

Chinese Citrus Fruit Could be Cleared for U.S. Import: APHIS Invites Comments

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China will have to jump through some hoops, but it may soon be able to sell previously barred citrus fruit in the United States, specifically fresh pomelo, mandarin orange, ponkan (tangerine), sweet orange and Satsuma mandarin fruit. On Thursday, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) published the proposed rule, which would allow the… Continue Reading

Food Painting Charges Get Chinese Cook in Legal Trouble

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China has experienced several recent high-profile food safety challenges, but this latest report may be unique. Since the spring of 2013, a cook in a resort-area hotel in the eastern province of Zhejiang had allegedly been painting abalones and goose feet with inedible pigment to make them more attractive to customers. The two items are… Continue Reading

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