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Hundreds arrested in China over 'fake' meat

China says 904 people have been arrested for selling fake, spoiled, or adulterated meat over three months.<p>State media portrayed the arrests on Thursday as part of a national crackdown that would now focus on dairy products, but an official told the state's Xinhua News Agency that there were …

Chinese Police Arrest Suspects in Rat-for-Mutton Crime Ring

Chinese authorities busted a criminal operation that sold rat, fox and mink meat as mutton in Shanghai and neighboring Jiangsu province for more than …

Rat 'Mutton' And Bird Flu: Strange Days For Meat Eaters In Shanghai

The past couple of months have been unsettling ones for meat eaters in Shanghai.<p>In March, more than 16,000 dead pigs showed up in a stretch of the Huangpu River — a main source of the city's drinking water.<p>Local officials insisted both the water and the city's pork supply were safe, but they never …

Officials Prepare For Another Flu Pandemic — Just In Case

There's been a buzz of activity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta since scientists got their first samples of a new bird flu virus from China four weeks ago.<p>Already they've prepared "seed strains" of the virus, called H7N9, and distributed them to vaccine manufacturers so …

China doesn’t want your trash anymore—and that could spell big trouble for American cities

As Americans carefully separate the paper and plastics from their trash, most probably don’t realize that their country doesn’t recycle stuff so much as export it to be recycled elsewhere. Specifically, to China. For more than five years, scrap and trash has consistently been the US’s biggest …

Sustainability

Rat meat and Chinese food safety

<b>The latest food scandal in China - which has seen rat meat passed off as lamb - has raised more questions about food safety in the country.</b><p>It seems that barely a day goes by in China without news of yet another food safety scandal.<p>But the latest case - even by Chinese standards - was truly …

How half the rice in the Chinese city of Guangzhou was poisoned by pollution

The latest in China’s rolling cascade of food safety disasters comes from Guangzhou—the capital of Guangdong province in southern China, and one of China’s largest cities—where 44% of rice samples were found to contain poisonous levels of cadmium (link in Chinese). That rice was being served to …

China

How China Will Eat Your Lunch

China is like the sun melting the north pole ice cap. Every day, every year, fresh water drips into the sea. It’s gradual, but it’s noticeable.<p>“China is going to eat your lunch. They’re going to make your food more costly to produce. They’re going to make water more scarce,” says Michael …

33th death in China from bird flu

A woman infected with H7N9 bird flu died in Shanghai Friday, local health authorities said yesterday - bringing the nationwide death toll to 33.<p>An 83-year-old, surnamed Jiang, died Friday evening in a local hospital, a month after she was confirmed as having the bug, the Shanghai Municipal Health …

Why Can't China Make Its Food Safe?

Or can it? The latest in an ongoing series of discussions with ChinaFile.<p><i>This post is adapted from a conversation on ChinaFile, an</i> Atlantic <i>partner site. See the full exchange here.</i><p>Isabel Hilton:<p>You have to marvel at the ingenuity and enterprise of food adulteration in China: can it really be more …