In recent years, Chinese have been battered by a series of food safety scares, involving melamine-laced milk powder, meat with excessive amounts of hormones and antibiotics, and pesticide-soaked fruit and vegetables. Now Beijing is creating a new superministry to monitor China's food and drugs. But ensuring the quality of China's fragmented food industry, with 200 million farm families and 500,000 processing companies, will be a monumental task. Here, a worker hauls away dead pigs with a net in Zhonglian village of Jinshan district in Shanghai on March 13, 2013.
Workers dispose of 400 dead pigs collected from Huangpu River on March 13, 2013, in Shanghai. The environmental protection bureau of nearby Jiaxing, Zhejiang province, is investigating why 5,916 dead pigs traced to the city have been found in Shanghai.
Delegate Zhu Zhangjin, left, holds a glass of water that turned black after he dropped in polluted peanuts during a panel discussion at a session of the National People's Congress in Beijing on March 6, 2013. “This is not a show. I want people to see how these toxic additives are proliferating and harmful,” he said. Zhu brought 300 different samples of doctored food products to Beijing for the meeting.
Farmers clear from their rented greenhouse watermelons that had burst in Danyang, Jiangsu province, on May 13, 2011. Watermelons were bursting by the score in eastern China after farmers gave them overdoses of growth chemicals during wet weather, according to state media.
Expired Steamed Buns
In this CCTV screen shot taken on April 12, 2011, a worker processes expired steamed buns to make them fresh at a workshop in Shanghai. Employees said that buns that were more than a week over their expiration date, and had been returned by retailers, were put back into mixers to make a batch of "new" buns. Also, illegal chemicals were added to enhance flavor.
Officers prepare to destroy tainted milk powder at a garbage dump in Pingdingshan, Henan province, on Nov. 25, 2008. About 420 tons of melamine-laced milk was destroyed during this campaign, China Daily reported.