5 Aug 2011

Hundreds arrested in China food crackdown

2:30 pm on 5 August 2011

China has arrested 2000 people and shut down nearly 5000 businesses in a clampdown on illegal food additives, after a series of food safety scares.

The campaign was launched in April after scandals, from glow-in-the-dark meat to buns injected with dye to make them look like a more expensive kind, the BBC reports.

Nearly six million food-related businesses have been investigated and police have destroyed a series of underground sites for the illegal manufacture of such food products.

The authorities in China enacted strict policies to ensure food safety after infant milk formula containing the industrial chemical melamine killed at least six babies and made 300,000 children ill in 2008.