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City deals heavy blows to tainted, fake food producers

ONE person was detained for producing food additives without license and selling fake food products in the city's latest drive to crack down on food safety scandals, local authorities said this morning.

The drive, which targets swill oil, fake salt and fake liquor manufacturers, has shut down more than 20 illegal workshops, fined 4,300 unlicensed businesses and destroyed 4,800kg of unqualified food.

The Shanghai Food and Drug Administration said they checked the health-care products market on Tianmu Road M. early this year and found 33 kinds of illegal products. Police are now investigating 11 involved businesses.

Nationwide, 32 people have been detained for selling tons of recycled swill oil to restaurants and food producers. Police have busted a criminal network that operated in 14 provinces and confiscated more than 100 tons of recycled swill oil, the Ministry of Public Security announced yesterday.

Since July, Chinese courts have given jail sentences to at least a dozen offenders and one suspended death sentence for their crimes of selling pork tainted with slimming drugs such as clenbuterol.


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