Chinese police have arrested four suspects who allegedly added melamine, a toxic chemical, to milk formula and seized 76 tons of tainted raw powder and finished dairy products in the country's latest crackdown on food safety crimes.
The latest melamine-tainted milk powder was first discovered in northwest China's Gansu Province, but police traced the source to Dongyuan Dairy Factory in Minhe County of neighboring Qinghai Province, a spokesman with the National Food Safety Regulating Work Office said Friday.
In the Sanlu scandal, unscrupulous Chinese milk producers were found to have been mixing melamine to dairy products in a bid to falsify protein content tests. The practice, said to have been existing for quite a time, caused the deaths of at least six Chinese babies and left another 300,000 infants ill, sending chills to consumers at home and abroad.
——Excerpt from 4 arrested for milk powder contamination
Health authorities must step up efforts to trace hidden melamine-tainted milk products that should have been destroyed, in the wake of large batches of contaminated products turning up this month in two provinces, a Health Ministry official said Tuesday.
"From the problematic milk powder found in Qinghai, we can see that we need to do more in this work," Chen Rui, a vice director with the Ministry of Health's food safety department, told a press conference.
Food safety incidents must be thoroughly investigated and the perpetrators must be severely punished, he said.
——Excerpt from Official pledges stricter actions against melamine-tainted milk products
这里的food safety就是我们说的“食品安全”。我们经常听到的还有一个词food security，有时候也会翻译成“食品安全”或“粮食安全/粮食保障”，但需要注意的是，二者的概念和性质完全不同。
Food safety is a scientific discipline describing handling, preparation, and storage of food in ways that prevent foodborne illness. This includes a number of routines that should be followed to avoid potentially severe health hazards.
Food security refers to the availability of food and one's access to it. A household is considered food-secure when its occupants do not live in hunger or fear of starvation.
Food security: This term refers to the availability of food - in other words whether it is physically available and if so at what price. The term is sometimes confused with that of food safety which refers to the extent to which food is safe to eat.