China acts on food safety after pet poisonings

China has announced a food industry clean-up after exports of a contaminated ingredient in pet food drew global attention to the country’s safety controls, Reuters reported on Wednesday.
The country will prioritise the inspection of fertiliser and pesticide use in vegetable planting as well as animal medicines and additives in livestock feed, Reuters reported a notice from the State Council as saying.

China acknowledged on Tuesday that two Chinese companies illegally exported wheat gluten and rice protein that contained melamine scrap, a chemical product that artificially inflates protein levels. It was mixed into pet food along with another compound, causing a spate of animal deaths in the United States.