The Toronto Globe and Mail reports that the Chinese government has “announced a nationwide crackdown on the food industry, arrested the managers of two food exporters and admitted that the two companies had illegally added a chemical to food products that eventually caused the deaths of thousands of household pets in North America.”
- KC's View:
This is just a small step in what has to be a comprehensive and global approach to knowing what is in the food products that circle the globe. We know that pet food has been contaminated by toxic compounds included in ingredients sourced from China. We know that there are allegations that farmed fish, chicken and pigs may also have eaten contaminated feed, and that it is believed that some of these animals have made it into the human food supply.
A crackdown on Chinese suppliers is just the beginning. There are too many other blind spots in the food safety system for this to make us feel reassured.