Pot Calls Kettle Contaminated

Citing safety worries, China puts the brakes on meat imports from some US processors
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 14, 2007 8:19 AM CDT
Officers of the Beijing Administration for Industry and Commerce check water-injected pigs found at an illegal pork processing station in Beijing Wednesday, June 27, 2007. Four trucks with water-injected...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – In an apparent retaliatory move, China has addressed concerns about food safety—by halting imports from several American meat processors. The country's inspection agency posted a notice on its website late yesterday saying that salmonella-contaminated chicken produced by Tyson and products from several other large US firms had flunked inspection, the AP reports.

This week's execution of the former head of China's equivalent of the FDA was just the highest-profile move to counter months of bad publicity concerning products such as pet food, seafood, and toothpaste. The state-run news agency reports today that an inspection official characterizes the incidents the government has investigated as "exceptional cases."