Heinz recalls baby food in China after contamination scare


China’s quality control police have struck again, this time nailing H.J. Heinz Co for excessive traces of lead in some of its baby food products.

The company told Reuters it was withdrawing four batches of its AD Calcium Hi-Protein cereal product as a precautionary measure after being notified by food safety watchdogs in the Zhejiang province of eastern China.

Although apparently unrelated, the incident is the latest in a veritable blitz of exposures about, and accusations against, western companies operating in China, on concerns ranging from food safety to corruption and price-fixing.

Although fast-food chains KFC and McDonalds [fortune-stock symbol=”MCD”] have been in the spotlight more recently, the latest allegations tap a rich vein of insecurity over baby food. French dairy group Danone SA had last year been embroiled in a scare–ultimately proved to be unfounded–over the quality of its infant formula.

Foreign companies are widely perceived as providing higher-quality…

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