Half of country’s food safety testers not certified
About 460 institutes responsible for food testing under China’s food and drug supervisory system — about half the total — have not received certification from the government, according to an inspection report from the nation’s top legislature.
The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress evaluated enforcement of the new food safety law in 10 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities from April to May. It found that half the total 921 institutes responsible for food testing are not certified. The new law took effect in October,
Meanwhile, redundant testing institutes have been established in some areas, and many different organs may exist in a single district, the report said.
Besides the food testing, the report also said supervision of food workshops and small restaurants has not been sufficient, and some food producers even put fake or substandard additives into food products.