Horrific stories of food contamination have become almost commonplace in China from oil skimmed from sewers to rat meat to fake eggs (here and here and here and here and here and here). While the Chinese government has jailed food safety advocates and censored many stories, it is struggling to combat massive corruption and criminal elements in its food supply system. A story this week out of the province of Shandong in eastern China tells just how massive this problem is. A criminal gang in eastern China has sold almost 100 metric tons (110.23 tons) of toxic tofu. The tofu was mixed with rongalite powder, a cancer causing chemical banned in all foods. The gang was using it to make the tofu look whiter and fresher. The gang was selling tofu sticks called “fuzhu”, a popular snack in China.
The three cousins leading the gang were found to be running a filthy plant with bags of rongalite along the walls and dirt on every surface. The police seized at least 10 tons of “toxic” tofu. Four men were arrested.
Only a few months ago, two children died and 30 were injured in Yunnan province when rat poison was found in kindergarten snacks.
Source: International Business Times