An interesting thing is happening on the “border” between Hong Kong and China.
Let me explain.
Like virtually all countries, China has various limits and duties relating to what can be brought into the country. China is generally quite good at enforcing these limits and duties.
Except for quite some time now it has been looking the other way when it comes to food imports from Hong Kong. If you go to the border between Hong Kong and China, you will see what I mean. There you will see many, many people bringing back into China massive quantities of baby formula and the customs people are doing nothing. Nothing. The same is true for all sorts of other packaged foods being brought into China.
These people are making food runs (particularly for baby formula) because they simply do not trust China’s food supply. I can think of no other explanation. My theory is that China customs is looking the other way on this because those making the trip are not exactly the poorest of the poor and it would be politically unpalatable to crack down on this sort of thing. I can just see the quote: “All I was trying to do was feed my baby something without melamine in it.” You get the picture. And apparently so does Chinese customs.
Not exactly a long term solution….
For more on China’s food safety issues, check out the following:
- United States Food Safety Reaching To China
- China Food Safety. It Ain’t Working And We Told You So
- China. Whither The Children. I Say Tomato.
- China’s New Food Safety Law. An Early Report.
- China’s Food Chain. Nobody Trusts Nobody.
- China Food Safety. Don’t Blame Legal.
- China Food Safety: Executions Aren’t Working So Let’s Try New Standards.
- China Melamine Yet Again And This Time It’s Getting Mighty Fishy.
- China Food Products: Can’t Live With ‘Em, Can’t Live Without ‘Em.
- China’s Troubled Food And Drug Trade.
- Melamine In China Baby Milk Powder — Whoops Sorry.
- China Baby Formula. Here We Go Again.
- U.S. in 1887=China in 2007: It’s All Deadwood To Me