Hong Kong Survey Found Excessive Levels of Pesticides and Heavy Metals on Organic Food

More than a third of organic food samples tested in Hong Kong contained excessive pesticide levels and 13 percent contained heavy metals, a new Consumer Council survey revealed. While Hong Kong lacks definitive laws governing the use of organic labels in foods, imported mainland vegetables marketed under organic labels had pesticide residues three times allowable

China’s Major Urban Centers to Receive ~US$3.1 billion of High-Quality Food that Meets Hong Kong Quality Standards

About 20 billion yuan ($3.13 billion) worth of high-quality fresh food of the same standard as that shipped to Hong Kong from the Chinese mainland will be supplied to the mainland markets in 2016 to diversify customers’ choices while boosting domestic consumption, a trade promotion agency said Wednesday [23 September 2015]. The International Brand Management

China’s New Food Safety Laws on Infant Formula Products Set to Go Into Effect

China has revised its Food Safety Law to tighten regulations on infant formula products. The revised law comes into effect on October 1. According to the revised law, the former filing system for regulating infant formula will be replaced with a registration system. The draft also stipulates tighter monitoring measures. For instance, one formula is

China’s Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP) to Target Corrupt Officials Involved in Food Safety Crimes

National prosecutors are to step up their efforts to investigate misconduct among officials in food safety-related crimes, the Supreme People’s Procuratorate said on Wednesday [5 August 2015]. “Contaminated and harmful food will seriously harm people’s health, undermine economic order because it is sold much cheaper, and affect social stability. We will resolutely fight against such

OSI China’s Factory Remains Idle a Year After it was Found Supplying Expired Meat to Major Fast Food Companies and Convenience Stores

Almost a year after media reports exposed a scandal that affected major fast-food chains such as Yum! Brands Inc and McDonald’s, U.S.-based food processor OSI Group’s subsidiaries in China have not fully recovered. About an hour’s drive from Beijing, OSI China’s factory is located in Dachang Hui Autonomous County in Hebei Province. At the main

China’s Legislative Body Revamps the Country’s Food Safety Laws

The Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC), the country’s top legislature, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Food Safety Law on Friday [24 April 2015] with the heaviest penalties yet for offenders. With 154 articles, compared with 104 in the original law, the revamped Food Safety Law adds new articles and provisions on

China Considering Banning Certain Pesticides and Requiring Infant Formula Producers to Register

The country’s top legislature is moving toward much tougher food safety laws on highly toxic pesticides and baby milk formula powders. A draft revision to the Food Safety Law introduces a ban on the use of highly toxic pesticides in the farming of vegetables, fruits, herbs and tea. The law was enacted in 2009 and

China Intercepted More Than 3,500 Shipments of Substandard Food Imports in 2014

Chinese authorities uncovered 3,503 batches of substandard imported food in 2014, according to the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) on Friday [30 January 2015]. Poor quality, food additives and risk of microbial contamination were the biggest problems found with the imports, which came from 79 countries or regions, said the AQSIQ…Full