Yet another scandal, this one involving elevated levels of sodium sulfocyanate in dairy products, has further eroded Chinese consumer confidence in their government’s ability to ensure a safe food supply, according to dairyreporter.com.
Food safety officials in Hebei Province ordered the recall of dairy products from Huishan Dairy in September after the elevated levels were discovered. However, these same officials rescinded the order after further testing. They refused, however, to publicly disclose findings.
Some now believe Huishan Dairy never added sodium sulfocyanate to its products because there is no economic incentive to do so. But the damage to its reputation has been done, further eroding confidence in domestically produced dairy products. In turn, this could bolster the demand China import more dairy products from abroad.