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Amnesty International Not Sure About Status of Chinese Food Safety Advocate

Amnesty International (AI) has lost track of Chinese food safety advocate Zhao Lianhai. AI’s Alex Edwards told Food Safety News the last solid information about Zhao, 40, was in January 2011, more than a year ago. Whether Zhao has “gone missing” as some media outlets have reported, is just lying low or is under house… Continue Reading

Hot Liquid Could Shatter Melamine Cups, Mugs

Carlisle FoodService Products of Oklahoma City has recalled about 111,000 melamine cups and mugs after receiving three reports that they may shatter when exposed to hot liquids. No injuries have been reported, according to the  U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission news release. Nine models of Carlisle cups and mugs, sold nationally through distributor outlets and… Continue Reading

PETNet to Track Bad Pet Food

After contaminated pet foods killed more than 8,500 U.S. cats and dogs in 2007, the Food and Drug Administration and its federal and state health partners decided they needed improved vigilance in watching for defective products, and to communicate more effectively during outbreaks of foodborne illness affecting companion animals. The result of their collaboration is… Continue Reading

Chinese Authorities Seize Melamine-tainted Dairy

Chinese authorities seized more than 26 tons of melamin-tainted milk powder from an ice cream maker in what has become an ongoing, years-long food safety scandal. It’s been three years since the infamous melamine scandal splashed international headlines–300,000 were sickened and 6 infants died after unknowingly consuming the chemical via adulterated dairy products. The incident… Continue Reading

China Detains 96 for Melamine-Tainted Dairy

Nearly 100 people have been arrested in China for allegedly producing and selling illegal melamine-tainted dairy products, according to official Chinese media. Of the 96 people detained in connection with melamine adulteration, 17 have been convicted, including two people who were sentenced to life in prison. Thirty-eight people are awaiting trail and 41 remain in… Continue Reading

UN Concerned About Food Safety Activists

A leading United Nations human rights official expressed concern Thursday over China’s treatment of food safety activists. Olivier De Schuttter, the United Nations’ Human Rights Council’s independent expert on the right to food, said in a news conference that he was worried about societal and governmental intimidation of activists. Citing the charges against Zhao Lianhai,… Continue Reading

Hong Kong CFS Says Melamine-Ware Is Safe to Use

Melamine-ware used by local food premises is safe to use, Hong Kong’s Center for Food Safety (CFS) found in a risk assessment study. Tableware products made of melamine-formaldehyde resins (generally described as melamine-ware) were widely used around the world due to their durability, good chemical and heat resistance and low cost. Since China’s melamine scandal… Continue Reading