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248 arrested in China for food safety violations in 2010 – In the US – Zero

WVLT-news-jail+bars.jpgAccording to Chinese press reports, a total of 248 people were arrested in China last year for involvement in food safety cases, food safety authorities said Sunday. The country dealt with 130,000 cases involving food safety last year, including 115 criminal cases, according to a statement of the National Food Safety Regulating Work Office.

The cases touched upon such areas as production of edible agricultural produce, food production, food circulation, catering services and food exports and imports,

A total of 191 officials were punished for failing to do their duty in food safety enforcement, with 26 of them fired, it said.

A country that jails food safety violators and fires officials for failing to enforce food safety laws?  Perhaps we can learn a thing or two?  But then China also arrested Zhao Lianhai (赵连海) in 2010. Zhao was a Chinese dissident and former Food Safety worker who became an activist for parents of children harmed during the 2008 Chinese milk scandal after his child was sickened as well. In 2010 he was sentenced to 2 1/2 years imprisonment for ‘disturbing social order’ the day I left China’s annual Food Safety Conference.

  • Carl Custer

    Yeah, but how much adulterated peanut butter did the Chinese ship?
    Yeah, betcha none, cuz shipping adulterated peanut butter doesn’t seem to be a crime.
    Least ways not in the U.S.

  • Gabrielle Meunier

    We have to work towards what is smart and makes sense. If executives of corporations can go to jail for financially misuing pension funds and misleading Boards, then executives should certainly be held accountable for not following safe food preparation procedures.

  • Bill Anderson

    Prosecution doesn’t lead to safe food, it only leads to conflict and repression. Competant, well-trained, well-educated operators do lead to safe food.
    How many times do I need to say this? It makes me questionwhat the agenda here really is? Food safety, or is it money?

  • I do post your comments, but I am tired or you questioning my integrity or why I do what I do. I really don’t have time for you.
    There have been dozens of cases where manufacturers knowingly sold product that was in fact contaminated and nothing came of it. There are times with public employees do a bad job and are never fired and they should be.
    It is also heartbreaking that a father sticking up of his child is put in prison.
    Bill, really, go away. You have nothing helpful to say.

  • Doc Mudd

    China not only arrests food safety violators, it executes some of them:
    Not a perfect deterrent, apparently, but the ultimate revenge.
    And it does send a message and reminder about diligently policing one’s self in food manufacturing.

  • Jeff Almer

    In response to Bill Anderson:
    What is exactly your agenda and what do you base your opinion on conflict and repression regarding prosecution? That’s the thing Bill A, nobody does get prosecuted; especially Stewart Parnell. This man knowingly shipped contaminated food that could’ve killed your loved ones, either young or old.
    Let me ask you what you think the repercussions should be for someone like Salmonella Stew? Please enlighten me.

  • Bill Marler

    From Bill Anderson:
    “You can’t say that I my comments are not helpful. David Gumpert and the folks in the raw milk movement find my insights about dairy microbiology and fermentation to be very helpful. We are in the process of creating workable raw milk safety standards, despite being criminalized and prosecuted as a collective punishment tactic by the state.
    I look forward to talking to you tomorrow Bill. Hopefully something constructive can come of it.”

  • Dog Doctor

    Mr. Anderson, you, David G, and others in the raw milk sphere may think highly of them but all that proves is how little they know. You comment about poop containing organisms that may inhibit pathogen organism so irrational as to be laughable. Yes, there is a very small chance that there may be organisms that inhibit but is more likely that it will contain other pathogens and will not be protective. To you comment about biofilms being protective, there have been several outbreaks linked to biofilms of Listeria or Salmonella spp. Many of comments fly in the face of good science and sanitary practices. You may make excellent cheese and you facility may have the perfect biologic niche so it controls pathogens but I doubt that you can create these conditions again or develop standards for safe food products. If you and the other raw milk zealots want to develop standards. First start with good animal husbandry standards find the dairy farmers in TN, and PA who have outstanding grade A diaries and their farms have been in the family for generations. The animals are well cared for, the farmers know the animals so they can tell when they are off before they show signs, many of them and their children have degrees in nutrition, or animal husbandry and know and understand how to use medicine and know how to use the antibiotic probably and know withdraw times. They keep their milk parlor and equipment clean enough to eat off the floors – no biofilms here anyway. These farmers successfully sell their milk to pasteurization for the fluid milk market. They also monitor CMT on their animals, somatic cell count, and other analytical results of their milk. Typically these are closed herds where any new animals are tested and quarantined. These dairy men that should start with and no someone who thinks that biofilms and poop can protect anyone or anything from pathogens.
    Also Mr. Anderson, do us a favor if you insist on commenting on Mr. Marler’s blog stop attacking him. As to your comments questioning different things. First, he could make larger amounts of money if that was his goal by defending the companies that he sues on the behalf of the injured. Second, he publishes all the bull that you type including the personal attacks which you should apologize for. Because if he was a truly a “fascist” he would not publish your comments and leave you to the David G.’s blog who limits his audience to those that primarily support raw milk and allow personal attacks on the victims of raw milk consumption. Mr. Marler has opened his blog to open and democratic discussion so Mr. Anderson learn to debate with the facts and without the personal attacks.

  • Lynn McGaha

    In response to Bill Anderson’s posts here and at http://www.marlerblog.com/case-news/minnesota-considers-expanding-raw-milk-sales/#comments (also posted at http://www.TheCompletePatient.com)
    I don’t believe it was your promotion of food safety that got Bill Marler’s ire. In fact he made some favorable comments about you after a couple of your comments that addressed the science. What got his ire was your continual digging that he was just in it for the money and your implication that all of his actions were driven by greed. It is his website and he doesn’t have to put up with slanderous insinuations. I think you have to separate out the corporate protectionism that drives food safety laws and regulations from what Bill Marler is doing personally.
    I think Bill Marler is earnestly interested in food safety and while I disagree with many of his proposals regarding raw milk, because they are one-sized fits all, I think he is open to reasoning. As an attorney representing people harmed by food, he is intimately familiar with the horrors that result. I’m sure he thinks he is the good guy, and his clients undoubtedly agree.
    All the good that results from drinking raw milk isn’t as dramatic and compelling as the horror stories, so those personal stories of redemption through drinking raw milk are comparatively stifled. After all, they’re just anecdotes.
    We need people like you to calmly present the counterthinking to the “all bacteria is bad” message that overwhelms the media, to educate us about microbiology and fermentation. I hope you can restrain yourself to stick to the science and avoid slander.