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Could China Be Getting Serious About Quality, Safety of Food Produced There?

And you thought Europeans had problems with their horse meat scandals. In China, consumers have to worry about getting served rat meat for dinner.

Could China Be Getting Serious About Quality, Safety of Food Produced There?

That's the latest frightening food-safety scare from China, where the government is determined to show weary Chinese consumers the system can protect them from hazardous products. China's Ministry of Public Security has rounded up 904 people for "meat-related crimes," the official Xinhua News Agency reported. The offenses included selling as mutton meat that really came from rats, foxes, and minks.

You might think China's state-controlled media would be covering up the embarrassing food scandals, but with so many Chinese taking to social media sites to express their outrage, for now it seems the government has decided the best strategy is to go on offense.

The government has also overhauled the bureaucracy to create a new superministry, the General Food and Drug Administration, to ensure the quality of China's food and drugs. Last month, China unveiled a program to crack down further, including promises to address safety hazards in the agricultural supply chain. In what is likely a sign of how concerned China's new leaders, President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang, are about the impact endless food-safety scares have on public perception of the Communist government's competence, the news came from the highest level of the government, the State Council"”China's Cabinet.

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That's the latest frightening food-safety scare from China, where the government is determined to show weary Chinese consumers the system can protect them from hazardous products. China's Ministry of Public Security has rounded up 904 people for "meat-related crimes," the official Xinhua News Agency reported. The offenses included selling as mutton meat that really came from rats, foxes, and minks.

You might think China's state-controlled media would be covering up the embarrassing food scandals, but with so many Chinese taking to social media sites to express their outrage, for now it seems the government has decided the best strategy is to go on offense.

The government has also overhauled the bureaucracy to create a new superministry, the General Food and Drug Administration, to ensure the quality of China's food and drugs. Last month, China unveiled a program to crack down further, including promises to address safety hazards in the agricultural supply chain. In what is likely a sign of how concerned China's new leaders, President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang, are about the impact endless food-safety scares have on public perception of the Communist government's competence, the news came from the highest level of the government, the State Council"”China's Cabinet.

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Could China Be Getting Serious About Quality, Safety of Food Produced There?