- Confectionery, biscuits, and beverage account for the majority of non-compliant food products
- Nestle, Ferrero and Godiva were all blacklisted
On September 6, China AQSIQ released data on non-compliant food in July 2017. Altogether there were 233 batches of food found non-compliant. Confectionery, biscuits, and beverages accounted for the majority of inspection failures. Reasons for failure included excessive use of food additive, shelf life problem, and microbial contamination. Nestle, Ferrero, and Godiva were all blacklisted.
Cocoa powder and chocolate powder manufactured by Nestle failed inspection due to the use of food additives in excess of China’s national standards (e.g. copper gluconate, manganese sulfate and biotin). Godiva chocolate was also found to contain excessive potassium sorbate. A batch of “Kinder Joy” failed due to use of a non-compliant label, and a batch of Ferrero Nutella biscuits exceeded labeled shelf life.
As for dairy products, a batch of NORCO full-fat pasteurized milk also exceeded shelf life, and 8 bathches of cheese (powder) from Italy, Netherlands, and France were failed due to exceeding use of food additive, excessive mold orcoliform, and shelf life problem, The amount of unapproved cheese (powder) has even reached 5 tons.
Food additive standards can differ between countries and is a common reason for non-compliance failure in China. We suggest that importers should pay attention to product shelf life and carefully consider transportation duration and storage conditions.