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China’s already suspect food producers may be cutting more corners than usual due to inflation pressure.In a major crackdown, China has arrested 2,000 people and shut down 5,000 businesses in the past four months, according to the WSJ. Since April, 3.5 million law enforcement officers have investigated six million food businesses.
The country’s attention was directed to food safety when six babies died and 30,000 became sick after consuming melamine-laced milk powder in 2008.
The incident led to the creation of the Food and Safety Commission and the government vowed capital punishment would be the result of any food safety crimes resulting in fatalities.
In 2006, two people were sentenced to death when more than 300 people became ill after a pork scandal and the former head of State Food and Drug Administration was executed for reportedly taking bribes in 2007.
In 2011, China shut down more than 1,000 dairy companies to “clean up the dairy industry.”
The Food and Safety Commission has promised that anyone violating food safety regulations will “be severely punished.”
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