Vietnam Intensifies Inspections of Chinese Ginger Following Report of Toxic Pesticide Use by Shandong Farmers

Vietnam has tightened up inspections of ginger imported from China following reports that farmers in Shandong Province were over-using a pesticide called Aldicard in growing ginger. The pesticide is currently banned in Vietnam…Full-text article: Fresh Plaza May 2013 Key point According to the article, generally ginger does not undergo food safety tests since import volumes

Chinese Celebrities Could Face Stiff Penalties if Endorsing Unsafe Food Products

Celebrities who advertise uncertified food products will not be exempt from judicial punishment, according to an official. Sun Jungong, spokesman for the Supreme People’s Court, said on Saturday that celebrities will be prosecuted in accordance with the law if they are found advertising unsafe food products…Full-text article: China Daily May 2013 Key point In September

Ginger Farmers in Shandong Province Use Excessive Amounts of Toxic Pesticide to Grow Crop

Farmers in Shandong have been overusing an illegal and highly toxic pesticide to grow ginger for years on end, adding yet another concern to the country’s growing list of food scandals. An investigative report by China Central Television (CCTV), which aired on Saturday, discovered farmers in Weifang city had been using the pesticide aldicarb “three

Guangzhou to Construct 3 Quality Control Areas in Order to Improve Food Safety

Guangzhou, the provincial capital of Guangdong province, plans to invest 1.1 billion yuan ($176 million) to help build “a city of safe food and medicine” in three years, Guangzhou Daily reported. Yao Jianming, director of Guangzhou Food and Drug Administration, said the money will be used to build three food examination areas and improve eight

Chongqing University Student Exposes Food Safety Concerns over Milk “Bubble” Tea

An online post claiming that a milk tea shop used industrial materials and expired ingredients to make beverages has aroused food safety concerns. “I knew the milk powder and the swill-cooked dirty oil were undrinkable. It’s beyond belief that now the milk tea around campus is undrinkable as well,” a female junior student of Chongqing

Carrefour Stores (French Retail) in Shanghai allow Customers to Trace the Origin of Fresh Produce

Customers visiting Carrefour stores in Shanghai are now able to trace the origin of vegetables and fruits on sale by scanning the Quick Response codes of products with their smartphones. The production place and date of the item, the business license of its supplier and other information regarding the farms can be tracked down, officials

Premier Wen Jiabao Vows to “Reform and Improve” China’s Food Safety System

A detailed reform plan to streamline China’s food safety supervision system is expected to be unveiled on Sunday, two senior food safety officials said on Tuesday. Though neither of them would disclose details of the institutional reform plan, Wei Chuanzhong, deputy director of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, and Jiao Hong,