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1/3 of Shenzhen Markets Selling Contaminated Noodles

Posted: 05/12/2014 5:37 pm

hoh funThrough unannounced inspections of the city’s markets, Shenzhen municipal health inspectors have discovered a full third of tested fresh noodles do not conform to health standards, the Nandu reported.

Of the 99 sellers of wet noodles and Hoh Fun (flat white noodles) inspected, 34 sellers broke regulation, mostly by adding food additives.

Six were found to have food additives including borax (four cases), formaldehyde (two cases); preservatives including benzoic acid (22 cases), dehydrogenated acid, and sorbic acid; food coloring was also found that included lemon yellow (9 cases), and sunset yellow. Three cases were found to have both additives of benzoic acid and lemon yellow.

The inspection covered 21 farmer’s markets located in Luohu, Futian, Nanshan, Bao’an, Longgang, Longhua New District, and Guangming New District, and was carried out from end of March to beginning of April of this year.

As well, the inspection was extended to city center supermarkets and restaurants. Focusing upon prepackaged noodles, the city health inspector found that out of a sample of 172 different sellers of noodles, 49 were found to contain illegal food additives such as benzoic acid.

The findings of the Shenzhen health inspectors have been transferred over to the local Public Security Bureau for policing.

Photo: 21cn


Shenzhen’s Super Steak fined RMB1.2 million for selling unqualified beef

Posted: 08/7/2013 7:00 am

Super Steak in Coco Park, picture courtesy of Google Images

The Shenzhen Food Safety Supervision Administration has fined Western restaurant Super Steak 1.2 million RMB for selling unqualified beef, China News reports.

A month ago, authorities seized 441kg of the company’s beef for testing. Some was found to contain clenbuterol, a drug with dangerous side effects such as high blood pressure and nervousness. It is not permitted for use in China, the United States or the E.U on food producing animals.

In the aftermath of the testing done on the Super Steak beef, authorities investigated 74 batches of beef and pork from 31 restaurants in the city. Only one was found to be unqualified. The unqualified batch was of pork at the Made in Kitchen restaurant in Luohu District and the case is being investigated.

Of course, this is just the latest of many food safety scandals to hit the Pearl River Delta in recent years.

However, it’s not all bad news. UNESCO reported last month that the capacity of journalists and members of the public to report on food safety issues is improving in China.

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