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China Arrests Thousands in Illegal Food Additive Crackdown

August 8, 2011

According to AFP, China has arrested around 2,000 people and closed nearly 5,000 businesses in a major crackdown on illegal food additives, the government said, after a wave of contamination scares. China launched the campaign in April following a spate of tainted food scandals — including pork found on the market so loaded with bacteria that it reportedly glowed in the dark. Nearly six million food businesses have now been investigated and more than 4,900 shut down for “illegal practices,” the government’s Food Safety Commission said in a statement. Police have also destroyed “underground” food production and storage sites, and arrested around 2,000 suspects, it said, adding that anyone found breaking the law would be severely punished.