06.20.2012 17:13

China's Food Fright

It's the law of the jungle in the food safety industry with hidden poisons now including new growth hormones
By staff reporter Gong Jing and Cui Zheng and intern reporter Wang Jingfeng
 
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(Beijing) – There’s no denying that the gastronomic horizons of Chinese cuisines sometimes verge on the infinite. But on factors of food quality, there’s little subtlety or nuance over the level of safety standards.

In the past five years, the number of public food and drug safety scandals has hit new highs. In 2008, there was the tainted milk scandal. Then, this year’s poisoned medicine capsule case and contaminated cooking oil scandal signaled that there continue to be severe barriers to the adequate protection of public health.

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