Category : Food

Safety of food in Vilnius kindergartens questioned

More than a year after kindergarten students were sickened from school food, parents say low quality products and those with misleading labels continue to enter Vilnius kindergartens.

By Domas Burkauskas

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Categories: Corruption, Food, IACC Young Journalist, J4T, Journalism

Controversy surrounds Mexico’s famed street food culture

On city streets in Mexico’s largest cities, an esteemed culinary heritage is up against another deeply ingrained, yet less auspicious, tradition: corruption.

By Andrea Arzaba and Maria Paula Brito

MEXICO CITY, Mexico—On street corners and in plazas across Mexico City, food vendors set up grills, park wagons and lay down baskets to sell freshly made juices, tacos, and desserts. It’s a rich, flavorful tradition—and one that led Mexico’s cuisine to be recognized as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2010.

The tension has fed an intricate system of bribes and led to numerous charges of corruption by local leaders.

But behind the alluring smells and flavors are the people who create them: street vendors making a living amidst controversy. Here, in major cities like the nation’s capital and Guadalajara, lies an ongoing struggle that pits unlicensed vendors against those authorized to serve on the streets. The tension has fed an intricate system of bribes and led to numerous charges of corruption by local leaders.

Corn tortillas filled with “queso Oaxaca” (thread cheese) and “tinga” (shredded spicy chicken) are among the most popular servings. READ MORE

Categories: Corruption, Food, IACC Young Journalist, J4T

SPOILED: Corruption from farm to table

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The journey from farm to plate has become increasingly complex. As the distance between where food is grown and where it’s consumed increases, corruption has a growing opportunity to seep onto our plates.

The inaugural edition of “SPOILED: Corruption from Farm to Table” uncovers the stories of people whose lives are affected every day by corruption in the food chain. In Egypt, where the right to affordable bread was one of the rallying cries of the Revolution, corruption in the bread market still makes it difficult for parents to feed their families. While in Canada, lack of transparency in the supply chain has made tracing, and preventing, the spread of bacteria like salmonella almost impossible – with life threatening consequences.

Journalists for Transparency is a collective of investigative journalists originally brought together through the International Anti-Corruption Conference’s Young Journalists Initiative. The  team of reporters have investigated cases in 9 countries, shedding light on how corruption prevents food from getting to people’s plates, or, when it does get there, makes them sick.

 

Visit www.j4t.org to read true stories.

 

Categories: Corruption, Food, IACC Young Journalist