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Food Safety Test Kits to Hit Chinese Market

Air pollution like the smog that recently blanketed Beijing may be hard to avoid, but it is also hard to miss. Apart from the evidence of eyes and lungs, a growing amount of information is available from news media, smartphone...

Winter at Home, Spring Abroad for Journalists

In 2008, investigative reporter Jian Guangzhou uncovered a major food safety scandal involving melamine-tainted Sanlu milk powder. This year, he left Shanghai’s Oriental Daily in one of a series of high-profile news media...

14 Killed in Chemical Plant Explosion

An explosion at a chemical plant in Xintai, Shandong province has killed fourteen workers.  An investigation into the cause is underway. BBC reports: It happened at a melamine production unit in Xintai in Shandong province where...

The Hottest Commodity at the Chinese Border

The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos reveals the most sought-after product for Chinese visitors to bring home from Macau, following years of scandals and scares over tainted food: … Macau still runs, more or less, as a...

Coffee Farming in the Home of Pu'er Tea

Since 1988, Yunnan’s coffee production has grown almost 24-fold, thanks in part to the efforts of Swiss food leviathan Nestle. From MSNBC: “Before I started growing coffee, I couldn’t afford a house like the...

China Can't Afford to Be Too Gloating

The Sydney Morning Herald’s political editor Peter Hartcher notes the Chinese response to America’s debt crisis, and warns that it may be in Beijing’s interests to rein in the glee. “There’s a real...

China Food Safety Activist Given 2 1/2 Years

Zhao Lianhai, a father whose child developed kidney stones from drinking melamine-tainted formula, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison on charges of “causing a serious disturbance” for his efforts to...

China Admits More Tainted Milk Found in February

Yet more melamine-tainted milk found in China, AFP reports: Authorities in China say they found 25,000 tonnes of milk powder tainted with melamine, the same toxic chemical responsible for the deaths of six babies two years ago,...

Tainted Dairy Products Seized in Western China

The New York Times reports: Two years after a national health scare over melamine-tainted milk products rocked China’s dairy industry, inspectors in western China’s Qinghai Province have seized 76 tons of dairy ingredients laced...

Phelim Kine: China’s Public Health Whitewash

In the Guardian, Human Rights Watch researcher Phelim Kine critiques a new book by the Chinese government, the World Health Organization and the International Olympic Committee for whitewashing the censorship of reports about...

China Says Most Tainted Milk Products Recalled

The Chinese Health Ministry has reported that recent tainted milk products have been recalled: Earlier this week China declared a new food-safety campaign after melamine-tainted milk products from an earlier scandal showed up...

China Begins Emergency Check of Dairy Products

China is launching a ten-day emergency inspection campaign of dairy products after goods that had been recalled in the 2008 melamine scare were found back on the shelves. The New York Times reports: The government ordered all...

Melamine Discovered in New Milk Products

People’s Daily reports that melamine-tainted products have been found on the shelves in Guizhou: Three companies have been found selling milk products tainted with melamine, the industrial chemical responsible for the...

Melamine Reprise: Who Knew What When?

Signs are now emerging that authorities may have been aware of the recent Shanghai Panda Dairy Co Ltd tainted milk scandal for up to eight months before releasing information to the media. The Wall Street Journal’s China...

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