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Food safety will always be a concern, no matter when, where and how stringent inspections will be. |
I live in Europe and have worked in China for one year so I allow myself to compare.
But first I would like to clear some misunderstandings about the horse meat scandal in Europe. In that case actually nothing went wrong, horse meat was ordered and horse meat was delivered and used. All investigations have proven that nothing illegal has been done. The fact that it was not mentioned on the label was not an offence. Therefore ther is no more news on this matter. It was merely an emotional issue.
What is of more concern is a recently discovered malpractice in Germany, where in a lot of meatfactories cheap labour from eastern europe is used under very unhygenic conditions. The images were very clear, staff was not wearing protective clothing, no masks and no gloves. The machines were not cleaned after work and started up in the morning with inspections. Meat that was dropped on the ground was put back in the machine. This meat was labeled as good quality and distrubited all over Europe. I am sure there are more cases like this in Europe.
What I have seen in China, and I have been in quite some small rural area's, was not of the worst and for me, food safety in China is no worse than else in the world. I also appreciate the openess in which food safety is discussed in China, we have had a fair share of tempted cover-ups in Europe.
My experience, the shorter the food chain, the more secure and easier to get your own confirmation.
The longer the food chain, the more people involved, the more risk for gready people that are only interested in making money and not in doing a good job.