China un­cov­ers 500,000 food safety vi­o­la­tions in nine months

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH & SCIENCE -

SHANG­HAI: China, rocked in re­cent years by a se­ries of food safety scan­dals, un­cov­ered as many as half a mil­lion il­le­gal food safety vi­o­la­tions in the first three quar­ters of the year, an of­fi­cial said. Chi­nese of­fi­cials have un­earthed a se­ries of re­cent food health scan­dals, in­clud­ing rice con­tam­i­nated with heavy met­als, the use of re­cy­cled “gut­ter oil” in restaurants as well as the sale of baby for­mula con­tain­ing lethal amounts of the in­dus­trial chem­i­cal melamine in 2008.

Bi Jingquan, the head of the China Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion, told the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress on Fri­day that while sig­nif­i­cant progress had been made in the food sec­tor, “deepseated” prob­lems re­mained. Ac­cord­ing to a tran­script of Bi’s re­port pub­lished on the of­fi­cial web­site of the Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress, Chi­nese food safety de­part­ments con­ducted more than 15 mil­lion in­di­vid­ual in­spec­tions in the first three quar­ters of the year and found more than 500,000 in­ci­dents of il­le­gal be­hav­ior, he said.

Among the of­fences were false ad­ver­tis­ing, the use of coun­ter­feit prod­ucts and in­gre­di­ents and the sale of con­tam­i­nated food prod­ucts, Bi said. One case in the north­east­ern prov­ince of Jilin in­volved the use of in­dus­trial gelatin in food, while sev­eral cases in south­west­ern Guizhou prov­ince in­volved the use of coun­ter­feit and low-qual­ity salt.—Reuters

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