“We are importing more and more food from
at the same time we are hearing more and more about food scandals involving Chinese companies,” said Patty Lovera, assistant director of Food and Water Watch who testified in Congress at a hearing on Chinese food imports. Food safety problems, like melamine deliberately put into pet foods and baby formula as well as unsafe levels of cadmium in rice, have plagued China . The latest episode involved fox, rat and mink meat that was doctored with gelatin, pigment and nitrates and sold as mutton. China
“We should definitely give the Chinese an award for creativity in adulterating foods,” said Jeff Nelken, a food safety expert. “They are a great resource for counterfeited foods, like honey products that don’t seem to have any pollen in them.”...
...Chinais not, however, allowed to export fresh pork or beef to the because it still has outbreaks of hoof and mouth disease. United States
Smithfieldannouncement reminded many people of video footage this spring that showed thousands of pig carcasses floating down a river that supplies drinking water to . The source of the floating pigs remains a mystery, but they were hailed as a sign that a Chinese government crackdown on people selling dead and diseased pigs for pork was working. Shanghai
In 2011, Shuanghui itself got caught up in that enforcement effort, after Chinese officials found it selling pork laced with clenbuterol, a veterinary medicine banned for use in animals intended for human consumption.