People’s Daily Online: China’s food safety issues are costing the country over ten thousand lives and 5 billion yuan (750 million USD) in economic losses through 2015 alone, said Li Chunhua, head of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences City Development and Environment Institute. The institute released the “Urban Blue Book No.9” at the China Urban Development Summit Forum on September 30, 2016.

The factors influencing food safety are numerous: soil pollution, air pollution, water pollution, fertilizer usage, and abuse of antibiotics. Other major factors include a lack of social conscious and spirit of contract, an incorrect development philosophy, and imperfect supervision methods.

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