28 June 2007 08:44 [Source: ICIS news]
SHANGHAI (ICIS news)--Chinese officials seized nearly yuan (CNY) 200m ($26m) worth of food products suspected to have been tainted by industrial chemicals at the end of last month, the country’s top quality body said late on Wednesday.
The statement came after a nationwide inspection on the use of illegal ingredients in the food processing industry was launched last December
Preliminary figures by the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine showed that by the end of May, 23,000 food criminal cases had been filed, 180 workshops had been cracked down on, 37 had their licenses revoked, and 11 other cases had been handed over to judicial bodies.
Industrial chemicals, such as industrial alkali, industrial paraffin wax, dyes, and formaldehyde were found being used in the production of flour, rice noodle, candy, soy sauce and sea food.
Ongoing inspections would focus on healthy safety of widely consumed food such as infant milk powder, wine, wheat, cooking oil, soy sauce, meat, diary, and beverage.
The government also vowed to step up enforcement in the less-regulated rural areas and suburbs.
In addition, it launched a special summer food inspection programme, lasting from June to August, as well as other public awareness campaigns.
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