Dumplings made by Synear Food which is one of China’s largest frozen foods producers have been included in a series of recalls of products by the Chinese health ministry because they contain traces of staphylococcus auerus bacterium which is also known as golden staph and can cause a range of many dangerous diseases and infections which can include meningitis and pneumonia.
This also comes at the wake of many Chinese citizens accusing authorities of deliberately lowering food safety standards to accommodate big business. A concern of the new standards has also arisen over the Chinese health minister office’s new rule of allowing toxins in foods as long as the amount is not over the lethal level.
Under the minister of health’s rules all food products can be recalled if any traces of bacteria are discovered although they will allow a small amount of staphylococcus aureus in dough and frozen rice. China has had been plagued by a series of food safety scandals despite sporadic government crackdowns. The biggest scandal raised its head in 2008 when large amounts of industrial chemical melamine were discovered to have been illegally added to all dairy products in China to give the appearance of higher protein content as it raises the total nitrogen level. Melamine as we well know is very harmful when inhaled, ingested or absorbed through the skin as it is a skin, eye and respiratory irritant. Constant exposure will cause cancer and reproductive organ damage. Also mild to moderate ingestion of this substance will cause the kidneys to malfunction and also lead to kidney disease.
Authorities in China including the public security ministry and especially in China’s top courts have all called for tougher penalties which will include the death sentence for serious food safety cases.