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China Arrests 2,000 People in Food Safety Crackdown

Jupiterimages/Pixland(BEIJING) -- Chinese authorities have arrested 2,000 people and shut down nearly 5,000 businesses in a clampdown on illegal food additives.

After series of food scares earlier this year -- including glow-in-the dark meat and buns injected with dye to make them look more expensive -- a food safety campaign was launched in April and nearly six million food-related businesses have been investigated since.  

Police have also destroyed a series of "underground" sites for the illegal food manufacturing.

A Food Safety Commission statement said that government agencies across the country would continue the drive, and that anyone caught breaking the law would "be severely punished."

Analysts say with food prices and inflation rising in China, some producers will continue to cut corners -- with potentially harmful results.

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