China Food Safety Brief (May, 2015)
Key words: Rectification of Milk Powder ; Pesticide Residue; APP Technique
1. Society & Supervision
1.1 Beijing: Seminar on the Fight against Food Rumor
On May26, The seminar of “clear the environment of internet ,fight against food rumor”was held by Xinhua News in Beijing . The Central Network Information Office、The State Food and Drug Administration、The State Administration of Quality Supervision and the Ministry of Agriculture all attended this meeting. Besides , a number of leading enterprises in food industry ,such as , KFC 、Wahaha 、Kangshifu 、and Shaunghui , also joined them.
In the meeting, the enterprises expressed their resentment against food rumor which make negative impact to business. And related government departments commit themselves to crack down on food rumor together. Before the meeting, KFC have just took some Wechat counts to court for suspected to rumor.
1.2 Nine Cities and Provinces Work Together: Build Food Safety Network
The “food safety cloud platform”developed by Guizhou Academy of Science has been used in Guizhou 、Guangdong、Beijing, etc, 9 cities and provinces. This platform is the the first Provincial food safety information platform in china, should be the first multi-province food safety information platform. The application in multi-province is the important step to build the national food safety database. The customers can download this APP, check over the food safety inspection reports about enterprises`self-examination、enterprises invite government to check、Government`s sampling test.
There also have folk attempts, however, waived finally for small、unfaithful data and potential arouse legal disputes. Nowadays, less than 500 people download this APP in 9 cities and provinces.
2. Government & policy
2.1.1 National Health and Family Planning commission:“Standards for Uses of Food Additive”
”Standards for uses of food additive ”was updated frequently. In 1977, china firstly made the standards for uses of food additive . In 1981, it was revised in first time. After a few times reviews,the version of 2007 was issued. Four years later,the new standard was used in 2011. At the same time, National Health and Family Planning Commission start the emendation work. The lasted version take effect on May 5 was revised in 2014(GB2760-2014).
“Hydrogen Peroxide”is the most notable aspect in the lasted standard. It was stipulated can be used as processing aid in the version of 2007,and was deleted in that list in 2011. In the newest version,hydrogen peroxide got the “legal identity”. It has aroused the social outrage for the hydrogen peroxide was used to sale trotter and chicken feet abundantly. Hydrogen Peroxide is a kind of chemical material ,which was widely used in medical treatment 、cosmetic and industry.
2.2.1 Shanghai: Will Build Food Safety Information Platform
Shanghai Food and Drug Administration announced that they will build food safety information platform in this year to embody all the goods information sold in Shanghai. For this plan ,it`s difficult to unify the encoding rulers made by different departments. Such as , the bar code of goods between agriculture department and business department was different , which will brings difficulties to acquire the information about the goods, for they have varies codes. If this plan succeeds , the public can know about all the information about goods by scanning QR code in the external packaging.
3. Events & Tracking
3.1 China Food and Drug Administration : Infant Milk Powder Sample Results about 2014
On May 6,China Food and Drug Administration published the sample results about infant milk powder in 2014. It is Chinese first time to special check infant milk powder on a national scale. Before that, they only will make special inspection against some certain kind of element in milk powder after serious safety accident. In this time, they have examined 48 batches was of unacceptable quality related with 4 imported milk powder dealers and 23 domestic milk powder product enterprises from 1565 batches infant milk powder all over the country. More than 10 enterprises were asked to stop to rectify. Among them, 8 milk powder production enterprises come from Heilongjiang province.
In terms of pure number, this inspection have a bigger scale than before, and make a punishment to more enterprises. However , their purpose is still unfulfilled . There still have 10 enterprises unfinished their task of rectification after almost half of a year. The website of enterprises suspended production qualification still is selling infant formula milk powder. The enterprises was asked to stop to rectify don`t admit they have question in quality .
3.2 Beijing：Pesticide Residues Triggered Strawberry`s Unsaleable Market
As a typical example, this event vividly show Chinese society`s severe insecurity against food safety. On May, it`s China`s golden terms for strawberry go on sale. While ,media reported, 8 servings of strawberries bought in Beijing was inspected pesticide residues which regarded as possibly carcinogenic to human in some countries. This event caused a panic in national market, which a large quantity of strawberries have no customer and their price reduced by more 50%.
Corresponds to media reports, governments in Beijing、Jiangsu、Hunan、Shanxi, etc, examined sell strawberries quickly which showed no quality problems and pesticide residues. After that,many specialists even People`s Daily write to clarify ,whereas ,can`t change the situation of strawberry`poor market.
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