Japanese companies have increased safety measures on food imports from China following a “poisoned” frozen gyoza incident four years ago, a case that found a resolution earlier this week when a Chinese man was convicted to life imprisonment for contaminating the dumplings. Steps to stop toxic and lethal chemicals and substances from affecting products included additional security cameras to factories in China and changing workers’ aprons to pocketless ones to ensure nothing is being sneaked in.
Even the testing done to ensure quality control of the products from China has become more stringent. Stricter limits on the amount of agricultural chemicals used on the raw materials have also been implemented. The contamination incident has also brought to light other Chinese food imports which contain dangerous substances. Some boxes of powdered milk were discovered to be contaminated with toxic chemicals while several rice products were laced with cadmium, a harmful element known to cause renal abnormalities. However, the preventive measures put up by the companies have lessened the reported cases of contaminated food. In fact, the number of safety violations on food imports from China in 2012 reduced to a level where imports have now returned to almost normal, four years after the gyoza incident.
China initially denied Japan’s accusation of the poison coming from their food imports. However, further investigation showed that Lu Yueting, a former temporary worker of a food plant, was guilty of injecting the gyoza with organic phosphate insecticide. He did it to catch the management’s attention on poor working conditions in the factory. But it did more than that as it also created tensions between the two nations. His conviction on Monday as punishment for endangering the lives of other people can be seen as a good minor step in healing the rift, at least in that area.
[via The Japan News]
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