Target: Li Bin, Chair of the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China
Goal: Enforce more effective government measures to prevent trafficking of old and rotting meat to be sold for consumption in China.
Over 100,000 tons of smuggled frozen meat was recently seized by Chinese authorities. Some of the seized meat dates back to the 1970s. The meat was bound for restaurants, retailers, and supermarkets in several provinces in China. The smuggling of foreign meat into China is a growing problem, and the Chinese government must crack down on these illegal activities and increase monitoring of imported meat to ensure the safety of consumers in China.
The tons of chicken wings, beef, and pork that was seized was mostly frozen to hide the fact that many of the packages were way past their expiration dates—some of the rotten meat was nearly 40 years old. In addition to the meat getting seized by authorities, the affiliated gangs that were trying to sell the meat were arrested across 14 Chinese provinces. Although efforts to prevent the importation and sale of rotten meat are ongoing, more focus must be directed to monitor the meat before selling in stores. Furthermore, food safety violators should be punished appropriately to stop them from violating food safety laws.
The problems with smuggling meat stem from the fact that the Chinese public’s growing concerns about food safety in Chinese meat factories increased demand for meat imported from foreign countries. These imported meats are increasingly smuggled into Chinese grocery stores where they are sold frozen so that consumers cannot gauge the age of the meat. This creates numerous health issues for consumers due to rancid meat consumption.
Please sign the petition below to urge the Chair of the National Health and Family Planning Commission to work toward enforcing stricter regulations on the meat industry to ensure that consumers are not harmed by illegally smuggled meat that may be way past its expiration date. The meat consumers of China should be able to purchase and consume meat products safely.
Dear Ms. Li Bin,
I am writing to you on account of the growing problems with rancid meat being smuggled into China and being sold in supermarkets and restaurants. Although the government is focusing on seizing illegally smuggled meat, more efforts must be focused on monitoring the meat being sold to Chinese consumers, including checking inaccurate labels being placed on old meat. Some of the recently seized meat was nearly 40 years old, which is unthinkable, considering that the meat was bound to be sold for human consumption.
Please work on efforts to monitor the freshness of meat being sold to consumers in China. The citizens of China deserve to be able to confidently buy fresh meat without any worries of health scares due to unknowingly consuming rotten meat.
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