CHINA vows to stamp out food safety scandals
Posted: July 5th, 2012 - 6:05pm
Source: The Telegraph
On Tuesday, China's cabinet, known as the State Council, unveiled a 3-year plan to counter an ongoing avalanche of food scandals ranging from fake pigs ears to yogurt laced with rotten leather and, this week, beer brewed with hydrochloric acid and formaldehyde.
The plans include "heavier punishments" and a blacklist for offending food manufacturers and the creation of a public database monitoring companies' safety records.
The announcement followed reports that Chinese athletes ran the risk of underperforming at the London Olympics later this month because they were deliberately avoiding meat.
Speaking to local media on Sunday, the coach of China's female volleyball team blamed a string of recent defeats on the team's self-imposed meat fast, designed to stop players ingesting clenbuterol, a chemical widely used in China to make meat leaner, faster but which is outlawed by the International Olympic Committee.