Shanghai McDonald’s Under Scrutiny After Food Safety Inspections

Fast food chain McDonald’s denied on Monday [4 December 2017] night that its fried dough sticks contained chemical substances that could cause cardiovascular disease, after food in two of its Shanghai branches were said to contain diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP). McDonald’s issued a statement saying that it was taking the incident seriously, and that further checks

China Food and Drug Administration Forcing Online Restaurants to Have Brick-and-Mortar Stores

Businesses selling food and providing catering services online are now required to show their food trade licenses and have brick-and-mortar stores, according to China Food and Drug Administration, reported the Beijing News. The requirements came as part of an administrative draft designed to improve supervision of online food and catering services…Full Article: ECNS.cn Feb 2017

Beijing Food and Drug Administration Closes 225 Online Restaurants

Beijing’s food safety watchdog has ordered 225 online meal ordering and delivery businesses to close shop since December, local officials said Saturday [7 January 2106]. According to Beijing Food and Drug Administration, most of the problem stores were operating without a license. They were registered on the country’s three largest online catering service platforms —

China’s State Council to Inspect and Grade Provincial Food Safety Performance

The central authority will send inspectors to review provincial-level government food safety, according to a document published on Monday [29 August 2016]. The General Office of the State Council published a circular on the annual review and assessment of food safety work…Full Article: Xinhua Finance Aug 2016 Key Point The State Council will also ask

Chinese Infant Formula Producers Who Use Imported Ingredients Must Avoid Vague Language on its Labels

China’s food safety watchdog has issued a regulation, effective as of Oct. 1, to tighten supervision on baby formula.Both domestic and overseas baby formula producers must register and secure permits from the China Food and Drug Administration if they want to sell their products in China. If they are using foreign raw materials, they must

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

Fujian’s Yonghui Supermarkets Tout Food Safety Measures

Blue notes beside the vegetable in a branch of Yonghui Supermarket in Fuzhou City, Fujian Province, show farm produce free of pesticide residue. “The notice is helpful so that I can choose healthier food,” said a customer surnamed Lin, one of the city’s safety-minded shoppers. “For ten years, we have been cooperating with local farmers

China to Adopt Stricter Standards on Pesticide Residue Limits for its Farm Produce

A stricter standard on pesticide residue for farm produce in China will take effect on Friday [1 August 2014]. The new standard includes 3,650 indices detailing the maximum allowable residue [MRL] for 387 pesticides on 284 types of food, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and the National Health and Family Planning Commission, which jointly