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VOA News 17
China has banned food producers
from adding 17 substances, including some chemicals more commonly used as
insecticides or disinfectants.
The list of additives banned by the Health Ministry Tuesday included boric
acid, formaldehyde and lye.
Recent inspections have found that some Chinese food producers have added
boric acid to meat balls and noodles to increase elasticity. Boric acid is
commonly used as a pesticide.
Inspectors have also found that some companies soak fish in water with
formaldehyde and lye to make it appear fresher. The two substances are common
ingredients in soap.
Health officials also warned local authorities to scrutinize 10 common foods,
such as cookies, meats and flour, for the presence of potentially harmful
food colorings and preservatives.
latest food scandal broke out in September after powdered milk, tainted with
the industrial chemical melamine, sickened thousands of Chinese infants. Melamine-tainted
milk has been blamed for the death of six babies in China.
The milk scandal followed reports of food poisoning in Japan, linked to China's food exports.
The resulting outrage forced the government to review the country's food
production practices and consider measures to improve food safety standards.
Some information for this
report was provided by AFP.