The food safety in China seems to be getting worse. Suspects have been arrested by police in the eastern Chinese province of Anhui for manufacturing and selling 1,400 tons of fake salt to consumer markets between 2009 and 2011. And the best part is, there are no current laws to regulate the trafficking of fake salt in China …
The suspects began a business in neighboring Jiangsu province, selling fake cooking salt that they manufactured from agricultural residues. They have purchased agricultural waste from a chemical engineering factory for 10 yuan (US$1.58) per kilogram and sold the salt to wholesalers for almost 400 yuan (US$63) per kilogram after processing. The factory didn’t know they were using the waste to produce fake edible salt.
The fake salt has been found to contain 55 milligrams per kilogram of the herbicide glyphosate, a chemical used in weedkiller, which is a much higher than the safety standards used by the United States and the European Union, which only allow up to 20 milligrams per kilo. The chemical in the salt is harmful if ingested in a large amount. It can trigger diarrhea, digestive tract problems and impair cardiovascular function.
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