12.5% of Drinks in China Failed to Meet National Standards in H1 of 2015

Published By : 31 Aug 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

China’s food regulator announced on Monday that over one in 10 beverages sold in the country failed to meet the national standards in the first half of the current year. 

An estimated 12.5 per cent of drinks that did not meet the inspections amounts to the highest rate of failure in each of the 24 product categories that were inspected by the China Food and Drug Administration. 

The problems found by the food safety inspectors include bacteria, chemical residues, and illegal food additives. 

Other categories that performed poorly included aquatic products and ice cream, with an estimated 7 per cent of the products in each of these categories failing to meet the safety standards. 

Around 33,252 batches of different food categories were tested as part of the inspection, out of which, 1,236 failed to meet the requirements. Dairy products, however, stood out among all the categories with all batches of samples meeting the standards of the government except for two lines. 

After the whey protein scandal hit China last year, the country has been going through a tumultuous 12 months. The category of infant formula performed surprisingly well, with 3.9 per cent having labeling or packaging issues and only 2 per cent failing the tests overall. 

Food additives and eggs were the next best categories, with quality rates of 99.5 per cent and 99.8 per cent respectively. 

Overall, the quality rates ranged from 93 per cent to 99 per cent. 

On the whole, excessive bacteria held a share of 35 per cent of the substandard products, followed by poor quality showing 31.9 per cent. Excessive or illegal food additives came in next with 19.3 per cent, heavy metal pollution presented a share of 12.7 per cent, while chemical residue amounted to 2.8 per cent, completing the five most responsible factors for failing the national food safety inspection.
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