Food safety in China: Killing the chicken to scare the monkeys

Hundreds of thousands of small food producers sell into the Chinese supply chain, and government monitoring is selective. Foreign food chains will need to remain vigilant.

Despite putting the issue at the top of the political agenda – alongside pollution – at this year’s National People’s Congress in Beijing, China’s food safety apparatus is failing spectacularly.

The latest major food safety scare to hit China is causing worldwide headlines and causing major damage to a number of multinationals including McDonald’s, Yum Brands, Starbucks and Burger King.

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