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82 Batches of Food Rejected by China Customs in May 2019

GAC seized 82 batches of substandard foods imported from 19 countries/regions in May. Hygiene problems, food additives and expired foods were major issues.
On June 25, General Administration of Customs released the list of non-compliant food products rejected by GAC during port inspection in May.[1] 82 batches of foods imported from 19 countries/regions had issues. Major categories of food rejected include cereal-based snacks, coffee and tea, and fruits, vegetables & their products.2019_may_gac_non-compliance_food.png

Cereal-based products, 40% failed due to hygiene issues

Non-compliance itemBatches
Hygienic index15
Shelf-life7
Food additives6
Nutrition fortifiers2
Labeling2
Other4

Of all the 36 batches cereal-based foods, 15 batches failed to comply with hygiene standards, and 6 batches used food additives iron phosphate, sorbic acid and calcium chloride illegally. 2 batches of biscuits imported from England used magnesium as a nutritional fortified which is not allowed to be used in this food category in China. Gerber branded foods appeared in the list for the first time this year. Its biscuits contained the unapproved food additive iron phosphate.

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