China plans to crack down on dangerous practices within the domestic food industry, the Wall Street Journal reported. The move comes a day after the government acknowledged the involvement of two Chinese firms in a tainted pet food scandal in the US. An edict adopted last month by the State Council and revealed Wednesday says Beijing will "crack down on the illegal production, sale and use" of banned pesticides, fertilizers, veterinary medicines and feed additives. Beijing also plans to crack down on small manufacturers that operate illegally. But the resolution is short on details and, as has been the case in the past, critics say the government's response may be mostly rhetorical. The crackdown was spurred by the loud criticism in the US following the deaths of more than 4,000 cats and dogs that caused one of the largests pet-food recalls in history.