Top food concerns are additives, contamination
Overuse of food additives and microbial contamination were the primary food safety problems facing China last year, according to the top food authority.
The two together accounted for more than 64 percent of all food safety problems found inrandom inspections by the China Food and Drug Administration, Yan Jiangying, spokeswoman for the administration.
“The overall situation remained stable compared with the previous year, as nearly 97 percentof the food products inspected last year were up to standard,” Yan said.
About 257,000 samples of food products were tested nationwide by the administration last year.
Additional food safety concerns revealed in the inspection last year included heavy metal contamination, and excessive amounts of pesticide residues and veterinary drugs, she added.