By Chen Bing, Edwina Kwan and Charmaine Lam. King & Wood Mallesons

1Food safety has been high on the agenda for Chinese consumers for a number of years now following a spate of high profile food scandals where huge numbers of Chinese consumers have fallen ill and even died due to tainted food products. Among the more notorious scandals of recent times has been melamine tainted infant formula in 2008, exploding watermelons due to the use of a growth accelerator chemical, 15,000 dead pigs found floating in the Huangpu River in Shanghai, the sale of frozen meat that was found to be more than 40 years old and the scandal surrounding the supplier to KFC and McDonalds who was found to be reusing meat that had fallen on factory floors, as well as mixing fresh and expired meat.

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