Coca-Cola Products in China Found with High Levels of Benzoic Acid, a Food Preservative

Excessive amounts of Benzoic acid caused nine soft drinks manufactured by the Coco-Cola Company to fail quality inspections and be withdrawn from sale, according to recent report published by China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine…Full Article: July 2016 Key Points The tainted Coca-Cola soft drinks included Sunkist brands of strawberry, orange,

South Korea’s Largest Food Company to Purchase a Controlling Stake in a Hebei-based Food Additive Producer

CJ Cheiljedang Corp, South Korea’s largest food company, is buying a controlling stake in Shanghai-listed Meihua Holdings Group, a monosodium glutamate seller, for an undisclosed amount. Under the deal, CJ will transfer its biological fermentation assets in China to Meihua. In return, Meng Qingshan, the controlling shareholder of Meihua, and other shareholders will transfer part

Gateway to China: Hong Kong Re-Exports of Agricultural Goods

Overview Hong Kong is a major re-exporter of agricultural goods to mainland China due in part to its free port (no import duties) and free trade agreement (CEPA) with the mainland. Hong Kong re-exports a significant share of its fresh fruits (e.g. tropical fruits, grapes, stone fruits, and citrus), luxury goods (e.g. cigarettes, alcohol, 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

China Halts Agriculture Production on 3.33 Million Ha of Arable Land due to Heavy Metal, Pesticide, and Feed Additive Pollution

Farming of contaminated arable land almost the size of Belgium has been halted and the land will be rehabilitated to ensure food security, a senior official said on Monday [30 December 2013]. A soil survey by the Ministry of Environmental Protection found that pollution affects about 3.33 million hectares, Wang Shiyuan, vice-minister of land and