Food Scandals

2004 China mooncake

2007 Japan Shiroi Koibito (White Lover) chocolate cookies

2008 China milk

  • Babies were killed and fell sick after consuming infant formula contaminated with the industrial chemical melamine and leather-hydrolyzed protein.

2009 China fake egg

2011 Japan radioactive beef

2013 Taiwan tapioca starch

  • Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) found maleic acid contaminated products (i.e. tapioca starch balls used in bubble tea) from Taiwan.

2013 China gutter oil

2013 Taiwan adulterated oil

2013 Europe horse meat as beef

2013 China rat meat sold as lamb meat

2013 New Zealand milk recall

  • Fonterra called for recall after contamination of botulism-causing bacteria were found during safety tests.

2014 Japan frozen food with pesticide toxicity

2014 China expired meat

  • China supplier Shanghai Husi Food Co Ltd workers mishandling meat and mixing fresh meat with product past its expiration date.
  • Affecting China fast-food chain like McDonald’s (in Japan & perhaps HK too), KFC, Starbucks, Burger King, Dicos, Papa John, Pizza Hut.

2014 Taiwan tainted oil

(to be continued…)

Modern Food Challenges

Food safety – Chemical contaminants in food

Genetically modified foods

Food labeling

  • Deceptive food industry marketing
  • Loopholes in food label regulations

Food evolution – Modern lifestyle and diet pattern