Top food con­cerns are ad­di­tives, con­tam­i­na­tion

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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.

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