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325% surge in food import rejections

CHINA’S consumer quality watchdog said that 35,000 tons of imported food products failed to pass quality inspections last year, up 325.2 percent year on year.

Those products, coming from 82 countries and regions, had a total value of US$56.54 million, up 135.5 percent year on year, said the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.

They failed examinations due to non-compliance with Chinese laws, regulations and standards, and thus were not permitted to enter China.

Top reasons for failing included excessive amounts of additives, microbial contamination and substandard quality.

The administration described the safety situation of imported food as “generally stable.”

In 2016, the administration improved the supervision network for imported food and conducted strict inspection and quarantine to ensure food safety.

“There were no major safety problems associated with imported food in the entire year,” the authority said.

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