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40 jailed in 3 years for food safety violations in Dongguan

Posted: 09/19/2013 7:00 am

The Dongguan Intermediate People’s Court reported on Tuesday (Sept. 17) that 40 people had been jailed in the city for food safety violations in the past 3 years, according to Nanfang Daily. Six of those convicted have been sentenced to more than 10 years as the city tries to reduce the number of food safety violations, one of the most controversial issues of recent times.

Since 2011, 91 people have been tried in 31 different trials. Twenty-two of the cases involved the selling or production of substandard food products, the rest involved the production or sale of dangerous or harmful food.

Most of the cases involved criminal gangs who systematically broke the law for a period of months or even years.

One of the most revolting food safety scandals of recent times in Dongguan was that of the merchant who processed bamboo shoots in the toilet.


Merchant processes dried bamboo shoots in toilet

Posted: 07/5/2012 11:44 am

Food safety scandals happen with almost metronomic regularity in China. Although the State media devotes an enormous amount of attention to the issue, the situation doesn’t appear to be getting much better.

An illegal food workshop in Dongguan has been processing dried bamboo shoots in toilet water, according to Southern Metropolis Daily.

Photographs show white plastic buckets in which dirty water is used to infuse dried bamboo shoots. Worms were seen crawling on a piece of dried bamboo shoot. Two of the buckets were seen placed beside a squat toilet.

“We use the toilet water to wash the worms out,” said the owner of the illegal food workshop. He also said they could sell more than 10kg of dried bamboo shoots to┬ámembers of the public a day.

How much do you know about the safety of what you’re putting into your mouth?

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