At this point, it appears that China’s main strategy for improving food safety is pointing the finger at other nations to throw the scent off internal food woes. The latest instance of the ‘wok calling the kettle black,’ China recently halted ALL UK cheese imports after inspecting one dairy that reportedly doesn’t even supply the nation:
Chinese officials, visiting plants in Europe ahead of the country’s new food safety law coming into force on May 1, reportedly complained about maintenance, raw milk transport temperatures, chemical storage and air sanitization, insisting that all UK dairies exporting cheese to China must now pass council inspections before the restriction is lifted. However, it has emerged that the unnamed dairy visited does not even supply cheese to the country.
George Eustice, farming minister, said: “British cheese is the best in the world and produced to the highest safety and quality standards so it is disappointing that China have put a temporary block on cheese imports.”
“Food inspectors will now visit all factories exporting cheese to China to demonstrate their high standards so these restrictions can be lifted as soon as possible.”
Tory MP Andrew Percy, secretary of the All Party Parliamentary Cheese Group, called the move “an over-reaction and disproportionate.”
Meanwhile, China has exported its fair share of substandard foods, including rotten fruit to the US, deadly tainted milk and other dairy to several nations, and, well, we don’t want to use up your bandwidth, so we’ll stop here.